From Tony Wagner, the Harvard education specialist..... “Today,” he said, “because knowledge is available on every Internet-connected device, what you know matters far less than what you can do with what you know. The capacity to innovate — the ability to solve problems creatively or bring new possibilities to life — and skills like critical thinking, communication and collaboration are far more important than academic knowledge.
The Obama administration is using Drupal (an open source software project) for the government's 2.0 recovery website. Great. recovery.gov
With Drupal being used on such a nationally recognized site, a gigantic government one, it should be proof that it is enterprise ready.
''Nearly two-thirds of respondents [CIO's] say their organizations are at risk from information- and technology-based disruption. Ranking highest among disruptive forces are potential shifts in customer expectations for better products or differentiated services enabled by information- and technology-based capabilities. Pressures may be arising from widespread use and acceptance of emerging products and services.
Here's a nice film promoting Charles Leadbetter's new book "We Think". The book is about collaborative innovation on the net.
From Mr. Leadbetter's site, "Welcome to We-think: mass innovation, not mass production
WeThink explores how the web is changing our world, creating a culture in which more people than ever can participate, share and collaborate, ideas and information.
Ideas take life when they are shared. That is why the web is such a potent platform for creativity and innovation.
Most of these social software technologies, at least the ones we set up, use tags (think tag clouds), folksonomies, taxonomies, , voting, reviews, recommendations, and search. This makes it quick and easy for experts as well as cross-collaboration teams to quickly and easily filter through ideas.
"Eight business technology trends to watch", from Mckinsey Quarterly
Eight emerging trends are transforming many markets and businesses. Executives should learn to shape the outcome rather than just react to it.
1. Distributing cocreation
The Internet and related technologies give companies radical new ways to harvest the talents of innovators working outside corporate boundaries.
Below is information on an innovation conference that I received in an email. What's interesting is that conversations on all of the topics and the core competencies are freely available on the net. Use del.icio.us (the filtered net), technorati, google or yahoo blog search to find deep smarts. Aside from meeting new people or making contacts, conferences hold little value for me anyhow.
This is the new era of the unconference and enterprise 2.0. The net is the new meeting place. Limited not by cash resources but by imagination.
From Wharton, "Unilever';s Michael Polk: It';s All about Dislocating Ideas "
"...definition straight from the dictionary: Innovation: a new idea or method; a change in something established. "It's not invention.... It's innovation""
Unilever is one company that has bought in to the enterprise 2.0 ideas.
From Early Stage VC, Peter Rip post about, "So What Does Web 2.0 in the Enterprise Look Like?
History can help us answer this question. If you are old enough to remember a world before PCs, then you have an unfair advantage. (Nice feeling for a change, huh?) You have seen history repeat twice and are likely to see it happen again. The answer is The Dominant IT Company defines the landscape for Enterprise IT. Everyone else follows.