Experimenting, carefully: A critical note on ‘public innovation labs’
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Experimenting, carefully: A critical note on ‘public innovation labs’

This post written by Dr. Tuukka Toivonen was first posted on UCL’s Institute for Global Prosperity on the 25th of September 2015 http://www.igp.ucl.ac.uk/igp-news-pub/experimenting-carefully. After the recent discovery that around 11 million Volkswagen cars have cheated basic lab emissions tests in the US, it may not seem like the most appropriate time to get excited about high-flying ‘public … Continue reading

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“ESCies” in China

There is no such a thing called Entrepreneurial Spaces and Collectivities (ESCies) directly in Chinese. The most approximate thing I can imagine is social incubators in China, if we exclude various commercial incubators and high-tech innovation labs. In China, social incubator is the counterpart of the Impact Hub. By the middle of 2013, there are … Continue reading

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When the buzz leaves the hub

In the past months there have been many initiatives trying to map out all innovation hubs and labs in SSA. Some crowdsource maps powered by Bongohive, InfoDev and others have identified over 100 tech hubs and labs in the region. These initiatives provide with a categorization including incubators, accelerators, tech hubs, co-working spaces, and so on. The ‘mapping’ of … Continue reading

Why collaboration cannot be pinned down in space
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Why collaboration cannot be pinned down in space

Originally posted on spaceandorganisation:
Collaboration is one of the most ubiquitous buzzwords in the modern business world. Collaboration is everywhere. Companies want their staff to collaborate more. Workspaces are designed to support collaboration. You’re frowned upon if you publish an academic paper on your own. Why didn’t you collaborate? Does no one like working with…

An attempt to define Collaborative Innovation: thoughts from the fieldwork
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An attempt to define Collaborative Innovation: thoughts from the fieldwork

Last week, I read another blog about collaboration and how important it is in new workplaces. The discussion that ensued is one heard before: the new entrepreneurial spaces are all about collaboration. Open spaces and big tables shared by all members, allowing for ‘serendipity’ to happen, enabling an environment where unlikely allies connect and collaborate, … Continue reading