Friday, November 24, 2006

"Democratizing Innovation" and web sites

Can web sites use the 'Lead Users' idea from the von Hippel oeuvre? For sure, all his ideas are applicable here. What I would like to see are some more practical methods on finding the 'Lead Users'.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Individualism as a Socio-Economic Phenomenon

Individualism lets the society test new ways of doing practically everything. The costs are beared by the individual - while his success can be easily copied by others and become beneficial for everyone. Those statements are true in our current socio-economic reality but they are not universal (imagine an nomadic tribe - at least some individualism for example in choosing the direction of the wandering cannot be copied by others after it proves successfully) - so individualism is not universal either. This might also explain the success of the western societies with very individualistic culture - this was a good adaptation for the changes or recent history.