Donal Reddington on mass customization, crowdsourcing and digital manufacturing

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Book Review: Wikinomics

Monday, September 24th, 2007

Wikinomics, or to use its full title “Wikinomics – How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything” is a chronicle of how traditional collaboration – in a meeting room, a conference call, even a convention centre – has been superceeded by collaborations on an astronomical scale. The book opens by telling the story of Goldcorp Inc., a mining [...]

Book Review – The Wealth of Networks

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

The Wealth of Networks is Yochai Benkler’s heavyweight analysis of the state of the internet in the early part of the 21st Century. In the book, Benkler argues strongly in favour of what he calls ‘social production’, which harnesses impulses, time and resources that, in the industrial information economy, would have been wasted or used [...]

Nordic countries take lead in user-centred innovation

Thursday, March 15th, 2007

A few developments have taken place in the Nordic countries recently that seem to suggest a more advanced enthusiasm for and understanding of user-centred innovation. Previously, I wrote about how the Danish government has become the first in the world to establish as a national priority, in the words of a government policy statement, “strengthening [...]

Crowdsourcing and Peer Production

Thursday, March 8th, 2007

Here are a couple of quick links that may be of use to students or others researching crowdsourcing: This article on BNet explains and analyses the idea of Crowdsourcing ; and this post by Michel Bauwens on the Peer Producers blog explains the difference between Crowdsourcing and Peer Production.

Trend map for 2007

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007

From Ross Dawson’s blog, Trends in the Living Networks, comes a posting about the amazing Trend Map for 2007 and beyond. Nowandnext.com and Future Exploration Network have collaborated in producing a map of major trends for 2007 and beyond, across ten segments: society & culture, government & politics, media & communications, science & technology, food [...]

One word for many trends

Saturday, November 25th, 2006

As we draw towards the end of 2006, It is reasonable to say that the idea of empowering customers with a higher degree of control over their relationship with business has gained widespread acceptance. This basic idea has been researched in great depth over the last twenty years or so. Various terms and acronyms, such [...]

Can snowboards be mass customized?

Saturday, November 11th, 2006

Mass customization is always associated with a high degree of automation and machine-based manufacturing. After all, central to the premise of mass customization is that the product can be provided at a cost similar to mass produced alternatives. It is generally accepted that ‘craft’ production, with a high percentage of the total work carried out [...]