The Roots of Collaborative Innovation

The Roots of Collaborative Innovation


This article follows Charlie Smith’s kind request to address Buckminster Fuller’s question from which he created his extraordinary inventive technical and social inventions and projects: “At this extraordinary time of social, political and economic disintegration, with respect to Collaborative Innovation, What is the most important question we can ask, and why?” The author’s answer to this question comes from the central question of life and leadership with respect to Collaborative Innovation: “What choice can I make, and action can I take, in this moment, to create the greatest net value to share with?” In Collaborative Innovation each individual shares his/her own worldview. Therefore, collective intelligence overcomes individual limitations into common wellbeing. In the following sections the author addresses the issues of human worldview, social theory, values, and creativity, under the essence of Buckminster Fuller’s rationale, to elucidate human applied, narrative, and language logic to explain why.

1. Introduction

Usually, innovation is often conflated with strategy. Strategy, after all is a coherent and substantiated logic for making choices, while innovation is a messy business which creates novel solutions to important problems. Put simply, strategy is about achieving objectives, while innovation is about discovery, we never know exactly where we are going until we get there. In other words, while strategy creates a clear path to a goal, innovation is often started with a confused approach.

What is innovation then? As a matter of fact, currently innovation means different things to different people. It ultimately is what you think it is. What is a useful definition for you will not work for others, and vice versa. For instance, American business researcher Hutch Carpenter wrote a post outlining 25 different definitions of innovation in 2010 (Carpenter, 2010). He breaks the definitions down into five sub-categories, which all reflect slightly different takes on the nature of innovation. More recently, American business researcher Tim Kastelle defines innovation as “executing new ideas to create value” (Kastelle, 2011). The point is that different types of innovation require different strategic approaches.


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About the Author

Rodolfo FioriniDr, Rodolfo A. Fiorini is Professor of Bioengineering at Politecnico di Milano University, Milano, Italy. He had joined research projects with Stanford University and University of California at Los Angeles. He has received awards and honors from Italian National Research Council, University and Research Ministry, U.S.A DOL,etc. Since 1981, at Politecnico di Milano, Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering, Dr. Fiorini's research activities have been giving a tangible contribution to the development of new generation Biomedical Systems and Guidelines, to the creation of new Biomedical Professionals, Biometrics and Cybiometrics Systems, Strategic Active Support Systems for e-Gov Healthcare Business to shape the Biotechnology Laboratory and the Hospital of the Future to human life, public health and wellbeing, He is the founder and coordinator of the Research Group on Computational Information Conservation Theory (CICT). and the use of intercultural transdisciplinary approaches for the creation of reality levels where engineering and life sciences can synergistically interact to promote scientific discovery for common wellbeing. He is WAAS (World Academy of Art and Science) Trustee, IEEE, EMB, AAAS, and JTiBS Editorial Board Member

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