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Open Collaboration – The Next Economic Paradigm

In Collaboration, Economic Patterns, Wisdom of Crowds on April 28, 2011 at 10:25 pm

I’ve dedicated a lot of research over the last few years to understanding the deep trends that will define the next economy.  As I’ve written elsewhere, the global economy goes through a creative-destructive cycle every 50 years.  And now we’re in the midst of a collapsing paradigm that is soon to be replaced by something new.

In this article, I will explain what the new paradigm is and how it will impact every sector of society — including business, government, education, and basic research.  The old economic paradigm was a service economy built on the digital communications revolution that began in the early 1970’s.  It is winding down now as financial capital has decoupled from productive capital and the global speculative bubble has burst.  The financial meltdown of 2008 had many causes, but its most important result is that our major societal institutions have stalled out and the funding models that drove the whole system no longer work properly.

This systemic shutdown requires a new paradigm for economic production, one that has been incubating in the minds of lead innovators for several years now and is just beginning to get recognized as the next model for the burgeoning new economy.

The new model is the Open Collaboration Paradigm.  It goes by names like open source, crowdsourcing, open system design, collaborative production, open manufacturing, and open government. Continue reading “Open Collaboration – The Next Economic Paradigm” »

Barriers for Behavior Change and Sustainability

In Human Behavior, Social Change, Video Blog on April 25, 2011 at 9:20 pm

In this video blog I explain why it has proven so difficult to incorporate insights from the cognitive and behavioral sciences into the sustainability movement. Barriers exist in the idea adoption process due to the threatening nature of this vital knowledge.

We have to recognize and overcome issues like this as time grows short and the global need for strategic engagement and design only increases.  Failure to do so will result in sustainable solutions not being implemented in time.  And the consequences are just too serious to allow this to happen.

Why Talent Leaves Seattle

In Collaboration, Economic Patterns on April 21, 2011 at 12:57 am

This morning I had a great conversation with a local entrepreneur who has decided to leave Seattle and move to the Bay Area because he can’t find enough institutional support for his team’s tech start-up.

By contrast, a visit to San Francisco showed him what a supportive culture for entrepreneurs looks like.   He was chaperoned around from attorneys to venture firms to be sure his enterprise would be walked through all the steps necessary to bring it to market.   His team has chosen to relocate because they need to get to market quickly and the pace is just too slow here. Continue reading “Why Talent Leaves Seattle” »

How I Became An Innovation Strategist

In Video Blog on April 19, 2011 at 12:46 am

My name is Joe Brewer and I am an innovation strategist who helps drive institutional change for addressing global challenges.  In this video I share the story of how my professional path evolved to the point where I can do such interesting and impactful work.

How Social Innovation Really Works

In Economic Patterns, Social Change, Wisdom of Crowds on April 16, 2011 at 12:17 am

We often hear stories that celebrate the heroic exploits of exceptional individuals.  Bill Gates creates a software empire.  J.R.R. Tolkien writes a masterpiece that defines the fantasy genre.  Mohandas Gandhi brings the British Empire to its knees.  These narratives frame the nature of innovation in a manner that blinds us to the web of social systems that actually make big changes possible.

If we are to innovate on the scales necessary to make the transition to a sustainable world, we have to understand how social innovation REALLY works.  In this post, I will offer a framework that reveals as much as the Hero Myth conceals in the hope that you will become more effective at driving social change in your own work. Continue reading “How Social Innovation Really Works” »

5 Things to Make Large-Scale Behavior Change

In Human Behavior, Social Change on April 6, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Addressing the biggest challenges like global warming, political corruption, and a broken economic system will entail significant amounts of large-scale behavior change.  As Change Makers we will have to learn the basics of the cognitive and behavioral sciences in order to design campaigns that result in significant changes in social norms, community priorities, and personal behaviors. Continue reading “5 Things to Make Large-Scale Behavior Change” »

A Change Maker’s Guide to Economic Paradigms

In Economic Patterns, Social Change on April 1, 2011 at 9:48 pm

We are in the midst of a collapsing economic paradigm.  This is evident in the widespread wealth inequality, absence of strong civic institutions, corrosive infusion of money into our broken democracy, and a deteriorated environment ravaged by a profound blindness to our impacts on the larger world.

As Change Makers, it is our job to understand the patterns of economic systems so we can participate in the creation of the next economy — one that must embody ecological principles if we are to survive on the Earth. Continue reading “A Change Maker’s Guide to Economic Paradigms” »