Donal Reddington on mass customization, crowdsourcing and digital manufacturing

Archive for the 'Crowdsourcing' Category

List of Crowdsourcing projects on Openeur

Sunday, August 5th, 2007

The Openeur website, which focuses on open innovation and entrepreneurship, has published a very comprehensive list of projects that use a crowdsourcing methodology, and also related agencies and platforms.  The post adopts a new label for the projects that use crowdsourcing to raise finance for things like managing rock bands or football clubs.  They call [...]

Fellowforce – An ‘Innovation Intermediary’

Sunday, August 5th, 2007

Mikko Ahonen, who runs the Beyond Creativity blog on open innovation, creativity and technology, has posted an interesting evaluation, of Fellowforce, a service that acts as an intermediary between companies and individual innovators or problem solvers. Fellowforce is a collaboration between Building Better Business, a Dutch organisation that promotes entrepreneurship and a related business called [...]

Assignment Zero – Crowdsourcing journalism

Saturday, August 4th, 2007

In recent months, technology magazine Wired in collaboration with NewAssignment.Net has embarked on unique project – to launch a reporting project that would focus on a particular trend or area of interest, and then open up its reporting process to outsiders, who would work with the Wired editorial staff to carry out interviews with key [...]

Ponoko – A Post-Industrial Revolution?

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

Back in November 2006, I speculated as to the type of businesses which might emerge using a hybrid of mass customization, crowdsourcing, micro manufacturing and online factory business models. One such hybrid has emerged recently in New Zealand. Ponoko describes itself as the world’s first personal manufacturing platform where anyone can click to make, buy [...]

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.

Crowdsourcing – The Book

Saturday, February 3rd, 2007

Jeff Howe, who wrote the original Wired Magazine article on crowdsourcing, is going to write a book on the crowdsourcing phenomenon. The publication date is Spring 2008.  Hopefully I’ll have got through my current backlog of reading by then.

Personalization fares strongly in Springwise Top Trends for 2006

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007

Business and innovation website Springwise has compiled ‘Top 10 Business Ideas in 2006′ under various categories. These lists are an interesting review of the best and most innovative business ideas of the year, but some are of particular interest to this website due to their association with mass customization, outside innovation, crowdsourcing and so on. [...]

Crowdsourcing television drama

Saturday, December 30th, 2006

As the worlds of television and the Internet converge, writers and television producers are developing new forms of interactive and personalised television. On 27 December, the world’s first ‘ShapeShifted’ romantic comedy was broadcast, as “Accidental Lovers” (page in Finnish language) was shown on Finnish national television station, YLE TV1 (page in Finnish language). Using original [...]

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 [...]