Charles Leadbeater on Collaboration & Organizations

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This is the second in a series of videos presenting ideas by innovative thinkers about collaboration, governance and the internet. In the first, Clay Shirky described the impact of online collaboration in almost visionary terms as changing the nature of organization and the control of information. Charles Leadbeater has a more measured view. While recognizing the enormous potential of online collaborative technology, he also sees the need for a form of management which can direct creativity to specific action.

To quote from his bio:

Charles Leadbeater is a leading authority on innovation and creativity. He has advised companies, cities and governments around the world on innovation strategy and drawn on that experience in writing his latest book We-think: the power of mass creativity, which charts the rise of mass, participative approaches to innovation from science and open source software, to computer games and political campaigning.

Charles’s current research focuses on how mass, user driven innovation is reshaping organisations, with users increasingly co-creators of products and services.