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Modeling a Paradigm Shift: From Producer Innovation to User and Open Collaborative Innovation

If you want to give a conference keynote – especially in education – the template used by many speakers is “look, here is a picture of the classroom. It hasn’t changed in 100 years”. This is then followed with a discussion that branches into either: “It’s no longer about scarcity” or “learners are different”. Show many images of web 2.0 companies. Add pictures of students being bored.
On the other hand, if you want to write an article, use the word “paradigm” frequently and make it seem that you understand the change happening, but that most people “don’t get it”. Case in point: Modeling a Paradigm Shift: From Producer Innovation to User and Open Collaborative Innovation.
My irritation with terms aside, it’s a good article encouraging organizations to experiment with openness as a model of innovation: “evidence has now accumulated that innovators who elect to freely reveal their innovations, can gain significant private benefits – and also avoid some private costs.”
The article then goes on to explore three innovation models: single user, producer, and open innovation. The paper exhibits an appreciation for formulas that is generally only found in papers trying to make an economic point. Reduce all ideas to formulas. Produce many graphs and images. Feel good about clarifying concepts for the masses.

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