The open source movement of the 1980s – 1990s did wonders for the distribution of free, quality software like GNU and Linux. Best of all, open source allowed the public to continuously develop the code, allowing for rapid improvement and benefitting from “cheap failure.”  So what happens when we take the same principle of global collaboration and apply it to global issues? Can the methodology behind software development be useful in creating social innovation? Read the rest of this entry »

A few weeks ago, I came across shatterbox, a social network centered around video narratives of twenty-somethings’ paths to career satisfaction, usually by way of entrepreneurship. The site is in its nascent stages – there are only 28 videos and only 106 members in New York state. Of those members, few of them are very active, many seemingly joined just to view the videos. A few users, though, seem quite enthusiastic, uploading pictures, writing answers to questions on their profile and creating ‘project’ pages to detail the things that they are working on towards realizing their career dreams.
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Deviating away from my initial proposal, I have decided to take the opposite route: instead of researching how we can innovate social media, I am instead hoping to understand how social media is impacting innovation. IDEO, a global design consultancy known for their implementation of design thinking to develop innovative solutions for various companies, has established an online community called OpenIDEO, an online platform designed for creative thinkers to collaborate and share ideas, information, inspiration, concepts, and evaluations. Read the rest of this entry »