Managing innovation - creating value from ideas

Why bother with user innovation?

September 10, 2020 john
Managing innovation - creating value from ideas
Why bother with user innovation?
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Managing innovation - creating value from ideas
Why bother with user innovation?
Sep 10, 2020
john

We’re only just beginning to get a measure of how much innovation begins with user ideas. Studies by NESTA in the UK, for example suggest that close to 10% of product innovations and 15% of process innovation begin in this fashion – and that’s almost certainly an underestimate. 

Users are a hidden ‘front end’ of innovation, highly motivated, prepared to experiment and tolerant of things not working right first time.  So whatever we do – whether we’re a commercial company trying to launch new products,  a public sector authority trying to improve services, a social innovator trying to work with disadvantaged  people – it makes sense to try and bring this perspective to bear.

This podcast explores some of the challenges and opportunities in user innovation.  It is based on a keynote talk given to the annual conference of the European network of Living Labs earlier this month.

You can find a transcript/blog version here and even a song about the topic here!

Show Notes

We’re only just beginning to get a measure of how much innovation begins with user ideas. Studies by NESTA in the UK, for example suggest that close to 10% of product innovations and 15% of process innovation begin in this fashion – and that’s almost certainly an underestimate. 

Users are a hidden ‘front end’ of innovation, highly motivated, prepared to experiment and tolerant of things not working right first time.  So whatever we do – whether we’re a commercial company trying to launch new products,  a public sector authority trying to improve services, a social innovator trying to work with disadvantaged  people – it makes sense to try and bring this perspective to bear.

This podcast explores some of the challenges and opportunities in user innovation.  It is based on a keynote talk given to the annual conference of the European network of Living Labs earlier this month.

You can find a transcript/blog version here and even a song about the topic here!