Platform Design at MIT & DFAT Innovation Challenge round 2!
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Welcome to the latest edition of the Collabforge newsletter!

Platform thinking - reshaping innovation

 

In the last quarter, we've seen a growing interest in platform design and a rethinking of how such business models can dramatically scale value creation. In response, we are building a collaborative strategy process for organisations interested in developing platform inspired products and services - what's your Wikipedia for X, or your AirBnB for Y?

Included in our strategy process are latest insights from books such as Platform Scale as well as Mark's recent trip to MIT in Boston to study this trending topic.

SECOND IDEAS CHALLENGE LAUNCHED INTERNALLY AT DFAT
Our technology team are currently working with DFAT's innovation hub, the innovationXchange (iXc), to prepare for their second organisation-wide Ideas Challenge. This follows on from the immensely successful first Challenge in early 2015 where we delivered a bespoke Ideas Management platform to the innovationXchange, using our Collabco collaboration software as the foundation. The first DFAT Ideas Challenge in 2015 saw over 2,000 staff register on the platform and 400 ideas submitted. There were around 16,000 votes of support placed on the various ideas - an average of 40 "votes" of support on each idea.

We've been working closely with the iXc to reimagine how best to run the second Challenge in new and engaging ways. Specifically, the iXc have identified several categories for which staff can submit ideas, to help ensure ideas are strategically aligned with key challenges faced by the Department. After the window for staff to submit ideas, a follow-on phase emphasising collaborative development and testing of new approaches will help to embed a stronger culture of policy experimentation within DFAT.

We are excited to learn how the new challenge can help improve innovation at DFAT. Stay tuned for potential collaborations with the DFAT team on telling this story in the future.

COLLABFORGE AT OUISHARE 2016
Hailey recently represented Collabforge at OuiShare Fest 2016, the leading conference on the cutting edge of collaboration in Paris. Her role at the conference this year was to run a workshop on how we use our stories as changemakers to discover common learnings and patterns which can then be packaged and shared with other changemakers (this is the premise and aim of Collabforge’s EpicCollaboration.com online knowledge platform). You can read more about Hailey's experience and workshop here.

It was also great to connect with other amazing changemakers including a visit to Nuit Debout (a French remix of the Occupy Wall Street approach to protest and resistance) with the Enspiral team (read/listen to the conversation on Medium here).

STUDYING PLATFORM STRATEGY AT MIT
Mark recently traveled to Boston’s Massachusetts Institue of Technology (MIT) to attend the executive course, Platform Strategy: Building and Thriving in a Vibrant Ecosystem. The course presented The MIT / Sloan Business School’s latest research on marketplace platform strategy and design. With such platforms now constituting some of the world’s fastest growing, most profitable and disruptive organisations (think Google, Uber, AirBnB, eBay, etc), researchers, executives, managers, designers and entrepreneurs are scrambling to get across this space.

You can read Mark's key learnings from this exciting course here.
CROWDSOURCING POLICY DEVELOPMENT - AN EXAMPLE FROM MEXICO
In 2007, Collabforge worked with the City of Melbourne to deliver a city plan that anyone could edit. Collaborative government is close to our hearts, so you can imagine our excitement reading that Mexico City is inviting their residents to be part of drafting their new constitution. 

Chilangos (locals) can participate in two ways - either by petitioning for a particular idea to be included via Change.org, or by annotating the draft constitution directly on the PubPub editing platform.

However, with no obligation to include or ratify the input of participants, coupled with existing suspicion of the government and fellow citizens, the initiative has some major hurdles to overcome. It will need to build public trust while offering a genuine and progressive alternative to disruptive protests.

Read about it here.

DO YOU HAVE A GREAT STORY ON COLLABORATION OR INNOVATION YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE?
Because we'd love to hear them and share them in our next newsletters!  
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