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3D Print Your COVID-19 Solution

I have a personal belief that, when bad things happen, the best reaction is to channel your energy into being one of the “helpers,” as Mr. Rogers put it. So, when the COVID-19 crescendo started to build in the United States, I found stability in redirecting my helplessness and anxiety into what I believe to … Continued

The Wisdom of Crowds

It only took me six years as a crowdsourcing practitioner, but I finally got around to reading “The Wisdom of Crowds,” one of the flagship books in our industry. It provided for powerful reflection on what we’re doing right, and perhaps more importantly, wrong.  In the book, author James Surowiecki builds the case for the … Continued

Top Themes from Open Nation DC

IdeaScale Gov hosted its first-ever Open Nation DC April 12 at the WeWork White House location. For us at IdeaScale, Open Nation is always our favorite week of the year. We’ve been hosting a company-wide Open Nation event in Berkeley for three years now. Open Nation DC was the first spinoff, a gov-focused version situated … Continued

Introducing: CBS’s Wisdom of the Crowd

CBS's Wisdom of the Crowd

CBS debuted a new show Sunday night called “Wisdom of the Crowd.” It’s about a tech CEO, played by Jeremy Piven, who builds a crowdsourcing platform to help find his daughter’s killer. Sophia, as the platform is named, is essentially a network of solvers who can contribute information to help find Mia Tanner’s real killer, … Continued

Common Innovation Pitfalls

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Recently, IdeaScale’s own Jeff Wong wrote about how he knows first-time innovators will be successful. Unfortunately, there’s also a flip side to that coin. Here are a handful of common mistakes I see first-time innovators making. 1. No communications plan. A successful innovation effort requires a well-thought-out, cradle-to-grave communications plan. Build pre-launch buzz, hit the … Continued