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Book Review – Open Innovation Revolution by Stefan Lindegaard

In Non-Fiction Writing on April 27, 2011 at 19:03

The Open Innovation Revolution: Essentials, Roadblocks, and Leadership Skills

Innovation is a key skill in business these days. The old business models are struggling in the face of the energy, flexibility and persistence of the internet so companies have to change to survive.

Stefan Lindegaard is a one-man advert for innovation. He has written his book “Open Innovation Revolution” with the aim of answering that single question “What do you do if you are a company that wants to keep things the way they’ve always been, but recognise that innovation has to occur?”

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Book Review – Macrowikinomics by Don Tapscott and Anthony Williams

In Non-Fiction Writing on March 27, 2011 at 14:44

Macrowikinomics: Rebooting Business and the World

In the beginning there was Wikinomics, and now we have Macrowikinomics, or Wikinomics 2.0. Don Tapscott and Anthony Williams have come back with a followup to their global hit, by writing Macrowikinomics. Taking a more practical viewpoint to the topics and themes proposed in their previous book, Tapscott and Williams reinforce the original premise that due to the globalisation that is sweeping the planet, collaboration on an immense scale is the way forwards.

With the same level of engaging detail, Macrowikinomics delves into a collaborative world where fundamental problems are solved and people are at the centre of it all. There are chapters devoted to application of this collaboration, focussing on education, governmental processes, highlighting individuals and companies who are putting this philosophy into practice.

There is the story of Zipcar who rent out vehicles for short periods of time. In the time that they have been operational, users have not bought their own cars because the maths makes it more cost effective. There are limitations to the concept, but the market is redefining the break-even positions with respect to (in this case) ordinary domesic vehicle usage.

Macrowikinomics is a book that re-energises your belief that there are things that can be done to stimulate the economy, and at the heart of it is a simple engine. You, the small business owner can harness the power of the crowd and the community to make life better and easier for those that need your goods or services.

If you liked Wikinomics, then Macrowikinomics will not disappoint you. Tapscott and Williams have created a book for the new world economy that draws on the experiences and skills of the wider community. This engagement in the marketplace will have far reaching effects in the communities that involve themselves – making them feel as though their efforts are rewarded, and that they can say ‘I made that’ or ‘I solved that’.

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