If you've ever watched a road bike race like the Tour de France, you know the peloton is the big group of riders that cluster together during the race to reduce drag. It's a great example of collaboration in action. But let's face it: the people in the middle of the peloton may go faster than they... Read more
In the discussions around some of my previous articles, I've noticed a trend: we seem to be focusing on cultural changes that need to be made for the open source way to be effective in contexts beyond technology.
Earlier this week some colleagues and I attended a fantastic gathering of business and political leaders called the Emerging Issues Forum. The theme of the forum—interestingly enough for a bunch of business folks—was creativity, and speakers included some of my favorite thinkers/authors who analyze... Read more
Like most of Jonathan Ive's work, the iPad is beautiful. Like most of Apple's work, it also makes me uneasy. I was planning to write about this feeling of unease, so imagine my delight when I discovered that Timothy B. Lee and others have already done the work for me.
A few folks from Red Hat's video team had the opportunity last summer to attend the first Open Video Conference in New York. We met some inspiring, open minded, and highly motived people and even got the chance to talk to a few of them on camera. (You know, just doing our job.) One person that we... Read more
By Roger Burkhardt, Ingres CEO. We have to speed up energy innovation to the pace demonstrated in the growth of the Internet if we are to prevent irreversible climate disruptions that will irreparably harm the planet for our children and all those that follow. The scale and speed of change... Read more
What the heck is an innovation competition? Can we compete and collaborate at the same time? Could we solve world hunger through collaborative competition? I quizzed Anil Rathi, CEO of Idea Crossing, a company that hosts innovation competitions on behalf of companies and organizations, on these... Read more
I was watching some NFL on TV today when a commercial about open forums came on that caught my attention. The ad was for www.openforum.com, an online community designed to help business owners grow their business. It's sponsored by American Express.
A few weeks ago I wrote a post called Tom Sawyer, whitewashing fences, and building communities online, where I outlined one of the biggest mistakes I see companies make when figuring out their community strategy-- they expect a mythical "community" will paint their fence for them. But not everyone... Read more
My colleague John Adams, reporting from the World Business Forum in New York, wrote on Twitter that during his speech, management guru Gary Hamel called open source one of the greatest management innovations of the 21st century (coverage of Gary's speech here and here).