This article was written by one of our past winners, Innovation Agency, Rory Moore….read on….
Architecture of Innovation – Are you preparing for the participative economy?
We’re entering an unprecedented era of collaboration and access to information. Business models are being overturned and assumptions about how the world works are being challenged as new businesses emerge and disrupt the status quo. Traditional boundaries are being blurred as people agitate for change through a desire to participate in an increasingly connected world. The ease of access and an ever growing desire to participate by people have radically altered expectations about participation. We now expect to be able to share our opinions, ideas and thoughts. Participation is shaping the future and fortunes of bands and albums as fans vote, collaborate and even fund the early phases of development. We expect to be able to engage with groups, organisations and communities. We expect to be able to participate in shaping the direction of our favourite brands and interests.
With the ease of participation and the correlating rise in expectation to participate we need to rethink the rules of the game. We need a baseline and framework that outlines a way forward. We need a way of modelling this new world as a foundation for participation. Drawing on architecture and design thinking we need to frame this new economy in a way that allows us to build a platform to participate. As a principle, we need to create an architecture of participation. We need to create a schematic of how individuals, teams, communities and organisations will participate individually and as collectives in a sea of possibility. New networks are emerging as people participate on an unprecedented level. Because we’re entering a new era of participation we can’t rely on best practice or old business models. We need to look at the world with a fresh perspective on everything from who we engage to how we engage. Participation is the new economy and we need to form a coherent viewpoint on how to participate. Do you have an architecture of participation
Rory Moore is the CEO of Innovation Agency a firm specializing in assisting organizations with delivering on their innovation mandate. Rory seeks to activate the untapped wealth of knowledge that resides within an organisation’s idea-sharing and problem-solving network.