We already see the influence of open innovation 2.0 which is taking the full advantage of strong seamless interactivity across all stakeholders, including users, across the whole innovation ecosystems: quadruple helix innovation! However, we need to continue actively searching for entirely new connections and areas between clusters.
New approaches create disruptiveness, and unanticipated opportunities. Therefore, it appears crucial for the public sector to catalyse a fluid, frictionless innovation space where all the stakeholders can share their ideas, prototype them and scale up the successes rapidly. Fail fast, scale fast!
At EU level the influence of open innovation is mostly seen in the Horizon 2020 framework: through the strategic objectives where we require the users to be involved from the very beginning of the project, not just at the verification stage at the end. Users are seen as active agents instead of just objectives for innovation. Open innovation is widely represented in the Open Disruptive Innovation (ODI) Scheme as well as in inducement prizes too.
Since 2003, when Henry Chesbrough coins the term for the first time, there has been a substantial amount of research work in the field. Against this background, I am glad to say that Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology and the Open Innovation Strategy and Policy Group (OISPG) have together an important role in the build-up around the open innovation philosophy. Building on the earlier thinking we introduce strongly the new Open Innovation 2.0 thinking based on recent research and practical experience.
The Open Innovation 2.0 yearbook series have always managed to bring some fresh thinking as well as compelling evidence of the OI2 paradigm. Some of the world leading experts and academics are giving their view on how the concept is adopted and implemented in a number of organisations. Others give their prognosis on the directions of further development of the approach.