When is crowd innovation the best option? That is a question many ask themselves when thinking on how to make the most of the innovative power around you.
Harvard Business Review writes about how to approach the subject and when to use which kind of crowd-innovation.
Crowd as an innovation partner
Idea Hunt is a great tool to use both with your colleagues and your external crowd. Especially when you would like input on product development or new forms of marketing.
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ReVault is a new smartwatch, with wearable data storage, from Sweden. The smartwatch attained it’s crowdfunding goal on Indiegogo within 2 days, and was mentioned in Wired, Engadget, PC World, and CNN.
ReVault is using the Innovation Loop to find fresh ideas on how to grow their campaign even further. The best idea originator, and the best feedbacker will win a free 128GB ReVault.
Do you have what it takes? Visit and participate in the Innovation Loop for ReVault.
Question: Here’s a group of people looking curious and interested, early in the morning at 08:30. What were they so focused on?
Answer: They were at Edumanity’s breakfast seminar on Crowd Innovation, an event that was part of the Skåne Innovation Week 2015.
How do we think and act differently in a network society? Think new, think innovative.
Organisations (from small NGOs to multinational conglomerates), and societies at large, have always needed, and will always need innovation. A presentation by our Product Manager Elia Mörling drew cases from the past and present and showed how processes behind innovations are often iterative, accumulative and COLLABORATIVE. Advancements in ICT these days offer tremendous help for us to find likeminded peers, share and discuss ideas, and co-create wonderful things. Edumanity has developed the Innovation Loop for this purpose, and there are free and premium versions for organisations with different needs to use to foster innovation.The Innovation Loop is just beginning to take shape; it is going to evolve to get better. We don’t just talk about crowd innovation, we actually walk the talk – before we wrapped up, Elia announced that in a couple of weeks’ time we will launch an Idea Campaign to find the best ways to improve the Innovation Loop. Can’t wait for that? You can always reach us via firstname.lastname@example.org with questions, ideas and comments.
Last but not the least, a big thank you to the crowd who came!
There are many good ideas sitting on our and your minds, but only a small portion of them are expressed, shared and discussed. We believe that when people have access to the right tool, brilliant, innovative ideas will come flooding. Yesterday (7th May) we witnessed just that at Edumanity’s official release of the Innovation Loop. We love using the Innovation Loop to start Idea Campaigns, because it easily and effectively harvests good ideas and refines them into brilliant ideas.
When most people hear the term gamification, what come to their minds are probably colourful trophies with fancy icons. This is a rather superficial view that completely overlooks an array of opportunities within the subject.
It is also common that people think gamification will turn something commonplace into a fun game (given the term it is completely understandable), but even that is missing the point.
Trophies are at the most a tactical implementation of gamification; they are not even necessary to use at all. The idea is not that things like filling timesheets shall suddenly become “fun as a video game”; it is about using techniques from video games to encourage certain behaviour.
In this post I will highlight 3 techniques you can use in addition to handing out the “Poster of the Month” trophy.
1. Creating habits
Some games are incredibly proficient in establishing habits and thereby building loyalty. The best example is Animal Crossing, Nintendo’s life simulator, where the player does things like planting trees, weeding, digging for fossils and picking seashells. By simply offering X number of fossils per day or N amount of shells, a rhythm is created where the player will return daily for a short round of fossil hunt or a little promenade by the beach.
As the months go, a player spends 15 minutes here and 20 minutes there. Before you know it, several hundred hours have been spent on the game.
2. Chain reactions
Chain reactions are something of a staple in action-puzzle games. Virtually all of King’s most addictive games have it. One move leads to a landslide of points, and the player can sit back and watch colourful explosions and hear happy tunes stacked on each other.
3. Mega Points
What would you choose, 1 point or 1 000 points? The last time I played pinball, I got 10 000 points by just shooting the ball. If you connect this with the fact that the points do not exist, and that it costs nothing extra to give someone 10 000 points instead of 1, it becomes quite obvious that it is a good idea to reward people abundantly for doing what we want them to do.
Here we have, quite deliberately, come to a very important part of gamification. Without a clear idea of what we want our users to do gamification is pointless.
Tactics without strategy is only the noise before defeat, as Tsun Tzu said
Gamification is never more than a tactic you can use to achieve an overarching strategic goal.
To take a concrete example:
A while ago, some students at Cornell University established something many of us have long suspected. With the help of smart algorithms and Amazon’s Virtual Mechanical Turk they ploughed through millions of entries on forums where visitors were allowed to vote up or down comments. The idea with such voting is that bad comments will be voted down and disappear while the good ones are lifted. The overall objective is, hopefully, to improve the quality of comments. However, the results of the study showed that:
- Negative feedback led to poorer and MORE posts on forums.
- Positive feedback had no apparent effect on either the quality or quantity.
- Those who received no feedback at all left the forums in significantly greater extent than those who received feedback.
The actual effects of voting on comments were in other words the exact opposite of what was sought. The quality was lowered.
In the Crowd-learning and Crowd-innovation method that Edumanity uses, feedback is an important part of how ideas get developed and improved. If one accepts the conclusion of the survey hereinabove, it is important to encourage feedback and ensure that it is not perceived as negative.
With that in mind, one can quite easily find uses for the gamification techniques I started with. Here are three quick examples.
- Give plenty of points to those who leave feedback, regardless of whether the feedback leads to an idea refined or not. That is, even a short feedback such as “cool idea” has a value.
- Establish habits by releasing new ideas at the same time (or times) each day to create a rhythm.
- Create chain reactions by giving bonus points every time a feedback leads to further development of an idea or an idea passing a milestone.
There you go, not a trophy in sight as far as the eye can see but plenty of techniques borrowed from the gaming world to get some traction on something that is important to the overall strategy. Then, one should naturally connect points to various leaderboards with prizes for those who rank the highest.
Christopher M. Yi Fredriksson
Concept Developer at 24HR Malmö
Recently we bid farewell to our office at Media Evolution City and moved into Kommendanthuset, a historical heritage in Malmö built in 1786.
The building has been through a lot, as one can imagine. In the past it was used as a hospital, weapon storage, prison staff quarter, residence and shelter for the homeless. Since 1965 Kommendanthuset officially became part of Malmö Museums and has been the site of photo exhibitions, pedagoical activities and seminars.
Some 50 years later, in 2015, the building is taking on a new mission and identity to becoming a node where organsiations that work on sustainable development with innovative pedagogical approaches are based. We are very happy to have been invited to move in to Kommendanthuset (or Kommendanten, as we amicably call it!).
Visit our Facebook page to see more photos of our move.
One of Edumanity’s partners Symbal has long been supportive of learning at the workplace, and has a HR and Learning Network that arranges inspiring events for the organisation. We at Edumanity felt honoured and excited that Symbal chose Crowd-learning as the theme for its first HR and Learning event of 2015!
Held at Axis Communcations on 25th February, participants were treated to a presentation on Crowd-learning from Edumanity’s very own Torvald Jacobsson. Crowd-learning was developed out of an education programme which Torvald led at Lund University, and it has proven to be just as (if not more) effective in facilitating learning and innovation in the business world, as seen by the platform Edumanity has developed for Axis.
You can read more about the event here, and if you want learn more about what Crowd-learning can do for your organisation, simply click the Contact tab to get in touch.
Ever wonder why our company is called Edumanity? Because we believe in education for humanity. Learning is a lifelong action that can take many forms – this conviction is an underlying force in all our work.
In the latest issue of Malmö Näringsliv,a business supplement of the daily newspaper Sydsvenskan, our CEO Håkan Dennersten talked about how our track record of working on a UNESCO project has led to our current collaboration with the Grameen organisations in Bangladesh. Just a few years ago it would be hard to imagine how illiterate children could learn to read and write on a mobile phone. Today it’s a matter of doing it with passion, innovation and professionalism.
Read the article (in Swedish) here.
As hardworking as we all are at Edumanity, the weekend is still usually a time to leave work behind. But not this past weekend of 24-25 January. On both days we opened our door and welcomed a group of scouts from Copenhagen, Denmark and Malmö, Sweden, as well as a World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) Project Manager who came all the way from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The occasion? To test out the first courses of TheGoals!
Without any prior knowledge of TheGoals, the scouts were given an introduction on its background and objectives. They then dived straight into testing two courses – Poverty and Social Inclusion – on mobile devices. As they enjoyed completing different tasks and missions on the courses, and earning credits, the participants also gave us lots of feedbacks on functionality and usability.
As the young scouts have headed home it’s time for our production team to incorporate their feedbacks into the next round of development. It’s going to be an exciting Spring ahead as we will launch the co-branded version of TheGoals at the World Scout Jamboree in Japan this summer!