Gustavo Ballvé on September 30th, 2010
Corporate Strategy, Food for thought, Home, Mental models

We love it when readers send us great material, and when they’re 16 years old we’re even more impressed. This video is a very well-crafted, 4-minute summary of and ad for Steven Johnson’s new book (same name as our post). There’s also an 18-minute TED talk (July 2010) that expands somewhat and exemplifies. In the TED video Mr. Johnson gets a bit more “pro-crowdsourcing”, in the sense that there’s an obvious trade-off between intellectual property protection vs. opening up to collaborative business models. His last example of how Sputnik’s success inspired a wave of innovations and the way he “closes the circle” in the end makes for a very entertaining presentation (in the “aren’t we all geeks?” sense). But this wouldn’t be a Buysiders.com post if we didn’t have a word of caution: as we’ve posted here almost a year ago, there are limits to crowdsourcing that should be minded before launching any type of “open” initiative.

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