[Seth-Trips] Eric von Hippel at UC Berkeley, Valentine's Day

Seth David Schoen schoen at loyalty.org
Sun Feb 4 20:32:34 GMT 2007


Democratizing Innovation: I-School Distinguished Lecture

Lecture | February 14 | 4-5:30 p.m. |  South Hall

Speaker/Performer: Eric von Hippel, MIT Sloan School of Management

Sponsor: Information, School of

Users, aided by improvements in computer and communications technology,
are increasingly developing their own new products and services:
Innovation is being democratized. User-innovators—both individuals and
firms—often freely share their innovations with others, creating
user-innovation communities and a rich intellectual commons.

The trend toward democratized innovation affects both information
products and physical products. Innovation by users can produce an
increase in social welfare relative to a manufacturer-only innovation
system. Innovation by "lead users" can provide a valuable feedstock for
manufacturer innovation. It also can disrupt manufacturers' existing
business models. User innovation is so robust that it can actually drive
manufacturers out of product design in some fields.

Seth David Schoen <schoen at loyalty.org> | This is a new focus for the security
     http://www.loyalty.org/~schoen/   | community. The actual user of the PC
     http://vitanuova.loyalty.org/     | [...] is the enemy.
                                       |          -- David Aucsmith, IDF 1999

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