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Collaborative Innovation

Public Agenda on Participatory Budgeting

public-agendaWhy let people decide? Elected officials on participatory budgeting is a report from Public Agenda that presents a summary of the research on U.S. selected officials’ views of and experience with participatory budgeting (PB).  Based on in-depth interviews, the report discusses what had motivated officials to adopt or not PB, as well as what have been the challenges and opportunities of its implementation. Continue reading…

Book: Democratic by design

Democraticbydesign_copy_230_350“Democratic by Design: How Carsharing, Co-ops, and Community Land Trusts Are Reinventing America ” by Gabriel Metcalf is a book that looks at how alternative institutions—small-scale, self-organized projects that work outside the traditional structures of government and business—can ultimately scale up to effect widespread social change. Continue reading…

Making Sense of the UK Collaborative Economy

making_sense_of_the_uk_collaborative_economy_coverNesta and Collaborative Lab published a research report aiming to figure out how a road ahead in the collaborative economy, although not necessarily straightforward, can work in powerful ways for 21st century business, governments and communities. Continue reading…

EU Public Consultation on Science 2.0

eu_research_consultations_science-2_0The European Commission launched a public consultation on ‘Science 2.0’, in order to gauge the trend towards a more open, data-driven and people-focused way of doing research and innovation. ‘Science 2.0’ is understood as a systemic change in the modus operandi of doing research and organising science. Continue reading…

The Year in Kickstarter 2013

kickstarter_com_year_2013Kickstarter, the crowdfunding pioneer, has released its 2013 year in review. According to the company’s own internal numbers it generated $480 million in pledges from three million people during 2013, a big jump from the $274 million and 2.2 million contributors that it attracted in 2012. Continue reading…

Crowdsourcing Social Problems

crowdsource071220113x4William D. Eggers, author of eight books on government reform and Global Public Sector Research Director at Deloitte, whites about how distributed technology is used to tackle society’s most intractable challenges. Continue reading…

Engaging Citizens in Co-Creation in Public Services

Engaging Citizens in Co-Creation in Public ServiceProfessors Nambisan and Nambisan present an innovative framework from which to view citizen “co-creation,” which refers to the development of new public services by citizens in partnership with governments. Continue reading…

New Visions in Citizen Science

New-Visions-in-Citizen-SciencePublished by the Commons Lab, “New Visions in Citizen Science” showcases seventeen case studies that offer a mosaic view of federally-sponsored citizen science and open innovation projects, from in-the-field data collection to online games for collective problem-solving. This report offers a sampling of different models that support public contribution, potential challenges, and positive impacts that projects can have on scientific literacy, research, management, and public policy. Continue reading…

Crowdsourcing Invention Ideas

quirkyQuirky is a new type of socially developed product company founded with the vision of making invention accessible. Quirky helps design, develop, and manufacturer new products submitted by a community of inventors. Continue reading…

A Guide to Crowdfunding Ecosystem

As the crowdfunding concept is starting to draw a crowd, new startups built on a version of the Kickstarter model are now popping up all over the place, in sectors from gaming to health to education. GigaOM offers a snapshot of the fast-growing crowdfunding ecosystem. Continue reading…