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Open Innovation, iTunes University and Science Commons

December 15th, 2008 by Kaitlin Thaney

Over the past few weeks, a number of online media components have been posted on Science Commons – from videos and features on Open Innovation over at the Kauffman Foundation’s Web site, to John Wilbankslatest talk this past November in Tampa, Fla. as part of “iTunes University” and Digital Media in Health Care Leadership Symposium. Wilbanks is the Vice President of Science at Creative Commons.

Science Commons receives generous support from the Kauffman Foundation. Visit their web site for more information on the Science Commons project, as well as their recent feature, “Open Innovation: Rx for Improved Human Health” as part of their Advancing Innovation wing. In that piece, Wilbanks lays out the underlying theory behind our Open Innovation work, its relationship to access, and its footing in network theory.

He writes:

“[…] users can spend their time and money innovating, not negotiating permission to use the network. It’s why the Web, despite its significant disadvantages in functionality and user base at launch compared to Prodigy or AOL, crushed both of them in only a few years. The access principle, as applied in the network, fostered innovation because it shifted power from the owners to the network users.”

I encourage you all to also check out the accompanying videos on the Kauffman Foundations Web site, embedded into the articles linked above.

Also available, thanks to iTunes University, is one of Wilbanks’ latest talks from the Digital Media in Health Care Leadership Symposium. The event, cohosted by USF Health and Apple, Inc., was held this past November in Tampa, Fla., bringing together over 170 participants from academia and beyond to discuss new ways of incorporating emerging mobile technology and digital learning into health care and education. For more information, visit the conference’s Web site. You can download Wilbanks’ talk here.

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