Eli Stefanski

Christine Costello Talks Experience Design

A few months ago, I blogged here about crowdfunding platforms. In doing that research, I was struck by how Jessical Jackley described the Kickstarter value proposition. “People,” she said, “are buying an experience.” That really stuck with me, and had me wondering. What are experiences? How do we design and create them? And what opportunities

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Eli Stefanski

Crowds, Funding, AND Better Fit

Despite being an early player in the crowdfunding space, it was only last year when I realized that crowdfunding means better fit funding. A variety of platforms are making it easy for makers and investors to find one another and build purposeful networks. The types of platforms vary: On the giving side, GlobalGiving and DonorsChoose emerged more than a

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Eli Stefanski

IP, Insights, AND Interpretation

My go-to definition of collaborative innovation comes from John Hagel: “People and institutions getting better faster by working together in flexible and enduring relationships, where collective performance rapidly increases and new knowledge accumulates over time.” It works on paper, and with us innovation junkies. But for your traditional corporate types, it can be a bit

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Eli Stefanski

What The 3 Little Pigs Teach Us About Business Model Innovation

The Guardian aired a brilliant advertisement on February 29 – “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs,” which, in 90 seconds, explains how the Guardian’s business model is changing, and the value of open journalism to the consumer. Deconstructing the advert, a few business model insights stand out: New patterns in business models are

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Eli Stefanski

Creativity And Collaboration

Susan Cain, author of the forthcoming book “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking,” had a great editorial in the New York Times yesterday. In it, she makes the case that creativity and innovation requires independent work time and solitude, despite the current trends towards collaboration, collective work processes, and

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