The European Commission is very supportive of the idea of Open Innovation. They promote it, research it , and endeavour to utilise it with projects like FI WARE and similar initiatives, and they also bring together examples of creative and inspiring cases and thinking.
They do this curation role via web materials, events and conferences and publications. One of those publications is the European Commission Open Innovation Handbook 2014 which is, as the name suggests, an annual publication bring together a series of chapters identifying examples, research and thinking around the theme of Open Innovation.
The 2014 edition has recently been released, it’s free and is available for download from here. Earlier this year Dan Marom and I were asked to submit a chapter for inclusion in the book and it is a tremendous honour and privilege to find our work alongside so many other leading and distinguished thinkers and practitioners.
In our chapter we introduce what we refer to as the CrowdAsset Framework which is an analytical sensemaking and decision support tool for use when contemplating how the crowd might be able to resolve problems and create value for your organisation. The evidence of how “opening out” is a sound approach because it is both viable and invaluable grows ever stronger. Commercial models of reaching out to the crowd through crowd sourcing and crowd funding are increasingly familiar with big names like Proctor and Gamble and GE embracing this model for real benefit.
The concept of the Quadruple Helix of effective open innovation particularly on the civic realm is creating new and novel solutions to embedded and what were once intractable social issues. But for it to embed itself further better frameworks, to make the apparently complex and difficult process much re readily understandable, are required.
The crowdasset framework is one of our contributions to that development and we both recommend it to you and welcome your comments on it. We will blog about the framework increasingly but for the time being why not download and read the book.