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Lend a Hand to Patent Review

Lend a Hand to Patent Review

Jun-16-11 By Aminda
Patent review has been making headlines recently, and there is considerable demand for participants to assist with the process. The first notable occurrence was the patent infringement claims filed against 7 mobile phone application developers.
The Influence of Statistics on Social Influence

The Influence of Statistics on Social Influence

Jun-15-11 By Aminda
A recent post looked at a study out of Switzerland that found an exception to the belief that the wisdom of the crowd is, on average, more accurate than the wisdom of an individual. The study identified the “social influence effect”, in which individuals had access to the answers of others. The effect of questioning one’s own results as compared to others led to a decline in accuracy.

A commentary on this study posted in a Wall Street Journal article received some heated debate and discussion arguing that WSJ writer Jonah Leher, misread the results of the study.
Simplifying Volunteering

Simplifying Volunteering

Jun-13-11 By Aminda
The world has certainly had enough news of economic crisis and natural disasters, so it’s always good to hear some good news. Fortunately, creative new crowdsourcing projects continue to provide opportunities to contribute in positive ways. Here are a few ways anyone can make the world a better place.
Connecting with Co-founders

Connecting with Co-founders

Jun-10-11 By Aminda
Are you full of ideas but needing a partner to take them to market? Looking for an innovative product to put to use your great sales and distribution experience? It’s becoming easier to connect, not only with social media but with a creative spin on good old fashioned networking events.
An Innovation Game Plan

An Innovation Game Plan

Jun-09-11 By Aminda
There is significant pressure on today’s leaders to innovate; it’s thought to be more critical to expansion than any other method. Unfortunately, pressure to perform can lead to some pretty big mistakes. It increases the chances of ill-researched, irrational, hasty decisions. There are plenty of examples from the music and sports industry of entertainers and athletes who “choked” under the spotlight – missing their opportunity to shine.
The good news for businesses new to or still developing open innovation practices is that you’re not alone. Plenty of pioneers have been refining contemporary innovation strategies and are openly sharing advice gleaned from mistakes and successes – here are a few resources to start.
Innovation Important to Global CEO’s

Innovation Important to Global CEO’s

Jun-08-11 By Aminda
The unsurprising results from a global CEO survey by PriceWaterhouseCoopers indicate that innovation, along with increasing their existing business, now outstrips all other means of potential expansion, including moving into new markets, mergers and acquisitions, and joint ventures and other alliances. Nearly 80 percent of CEOs surveyed believe innovation will generate ‘significant’ new revenue and cost reduction opportunities over the next three years.
Taking Time to Preserve the Past

Taking Time to Preserve the Past

Jun-07-11 By Aminda
The world today moves and changes so quickly that sometimes it’s a luxury to get the opportunity to reflect back on the past. Realizing that it’s the past that shapes the future, a number of organizations around the globe are enlisting on-line networks to preserve history. Their goals and their methodology are diverse but all are committed to ensuring that we don’t take our past for granted.
The People of the Past
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) along with Ancestry.com has created the World Memory Project, which utilizes a crowd-sourced website to restore names and stories to those whose identities were nearly silenced during the Holocaust. The site allows people to search vital documents from World War II and add stories, context and personal histories in order to complete the full picture of this time period.
Submissions Open for Management Innovation Prize

Submissions Open for Management Innovation Prize

Jun-06-11 By Aminda
Submissions are open for the M-Prize in Management Innovation competition to encourage management innovation and organizational change. Created by the Management Innovation Exchange (MIX) and co-sponsored this year for the first time by Harvard Business Review and McKinsey & Company, the contest offers three challenges, presented in three phases, designed to surface the best practices and thinking around 21st century technology, strategy, and organizations. Winners will be selected by a panel of leaders in business and education.
Study Analyzes Social vs. Economic Incentives in Crowdsourced Work

Study Analyzes Social vs. Economic Incentives in Crowdsourced Work

Jun-04-11 By Aminda
A paper titled "Designing Incentives for Inexpert Human Raters," discusses an experiment which analyzed 14 different incentive structures for encouraging high-quality work from Mechanical Turk-style systems. Researchers found that workers perform most accurately when the task design credibly links payoffs to a worker’s ability to think about the answers that their peers are likely to provide.
Roughly 2,000 individuals participated in the study, resulting in over 100 subjects in each of the experimental conditions. Workers answered five questions which had been drawn from a study for which validated data existed
Microsoft First Member of Litigation Avoidance Program

Microsoft First Member of Litigation Avoidance Program

Jun-02-11 By Aminda
Patent research provider Article One Partners, has announced a new Litigation Avoidance program, which utilizes crowdsourcing to challenge and invalidate specious software patents sometimes used in expensive lawsuits brought by so-called patent trolls.                               
Microsoft has been announced as the charter member of the paid service, which identifies pre-litigation patents and distributes requests to Article One’s global online community of 1 million scientists and technologists to research the validity of the patents. Article One uses that collected research, where appropriate, to file reexamination requests with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

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