I recently attended Open Innovation 2.0 Conference in Espoo, Finland (on June 8-9). It was organised by the European Commission DG CONNECT, Open Innovation Strategy and Policy Group (OISPG), Intel Labs Europe, Aalto University and the City of Espoo and supported by Dublin City Council. This conference inspired me to write a blog post about open innovation and books you could read on this topic. Below I have listed three books on open innovation I think everyone should read.
Open Innovation 2.0 Conference. Photo: Kim Ekman
The Crowdfunding Revolution. Published in 2012. Image: Goodreads
The Crowdfunding Revolution by Dan Marom and Kevin Lawton
The Crowdfunding Revolution is a guide on crowdfunding and how it can be used to tap into a “collective intelligence”. Moreover, it shows how to get to the forefront of the new world of venture financing. Book was divided in three parts: The Road here, The Crowdfunding Campaign and The Road Ahead. I was not too familiar with crowdfunding before so it was good to have thorough explanation of it in the first part and I enjoyed the insights on the future of crowdfunding and social media. I had an opportunity to talk with the authors, Dan Marom, shortly during the OI2 Conference in Espoo. He said that his third book Crowdfunding: The Corporate Era will be published soon. I’m looking forward to reading it!
Democratizing Innovation. Published in 2006. Image: Goodreads.
Democratizing Innovation by Eric von Hippel
“Innovation is rapidly becoming democratized. Users, aided by improvements in computer and communications technology, increasingly can develop their own new products and services. Eric von Hippel looks closely at this emerging system of user-centred innovation.” Professor Eric von Hippel was awarded during the Innovation Luminary Awards Ceremony (centerpiece of Open Innovation 2.0 Conference) for Democratizing Innovation. Von Hippel has graduated from distinguished Harvard University, he is innovation professor at MIT Sloan and he has developed numerous crucial theories in innovation. You can read ‘Democratizing Innovation’ here: http://evhippel.mit.edu/books/
Orchestrating Regional Innovation Ecosystems. Espoo Innovation Garden. Editors: Pia Lappalainen, Markku Markkula and Hank Kune
This book tells about innovation ecosystem and it describes area called Espoo Innovation Garden in Finland. This region ( Helsinki-Uusimaa) is among the most prosperous metropolitan areas in Northern Europe. It’s the centre of Finland’s economic activity. There is a high concentration of large companies and small- and medium-sized enterprises in the area—both Finnish and international ones. Also, the headquarters of companies like Kone (elevators) Fortum (energy), Neste Oil (oil refining and marketing), Rovio (Angry Birds) and Nixu (cybersecurity), among many others are located in Espoo Innovation Garden. If you’d like to read ‘Orchestrating Regional Innovation Ecosystems’ click here: http://bit.ly/1FyZyJW
Would you be interested to read these books? Have you read good books about open innovation?