Our article based on this working paper made it into the Research News section on the University homepage: How an open approach to patents could help build a sustainable future | University of Cambridge
A short piece in The Conversation on our research about OpenIP strategies and sustainability: How a open approach to patents could help build a sustainable future
No. 10 in 2016 just got published on Open IP strategies for sustainability transitions. Read it here.
New paper published with Jan Sternkopf from Kiel University, Elisabeth Eppinger from Freie Universität Berlin and Pratheeba Vimalnath (Subramanian) from Indian Institute of Science on how firms employ IP strategies and particularly Open IP strategies to enable transitions towards a more sustainable society, including cases from Tesla and Nutriset. The paper is available in our CTM Working Paper series.
Oslo will be completely car-free by 2019
I think this is a really great idea to solve a real problem. Well done! – Samavesa, the Inclusion Chair is a revolutionary mobility device that tackles the social exclusion of locomotor-disabled individuals in India from their culture of interacting and living at floor level. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mW1LdTQNAs
Cambridge is moving in the right direction: „One of the world’s oldest—and richest—universities has decided to adopt a more “ethical” approach to investing its multibillion-dollar endowment fund.“
Read the full Wall Street Journal article at http://www.wsj.com/articles/cambridge-university-to-vote-on-multibillion-dollar-fund-1431944924
Watch this short video by Ellen MacArthur, former world sailing champion, on the possibilities for a bright future of mankind, if we manage to translate the principle of nature (i.e. recycling) into our economy. Full scale. Watch here.
This short video explains very well the possibilities of business models that are not based on ownership transactions. What happens to society when firms retain ownership and rather sell their products as a service? It also means democratizing consumers, who really then become users. Watch here.
A short and wonderful explanation of the circular economy, the importance of ownership the the possibilities for innovation. Watch here.
Yesterday, I visited the MakeSpace in Cambridge. A recently started collaborative fablab made possible with generous funding from ideaSpace, the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), ARM, TTP, Microsoft Research and Cambridge Science Centre.
They got great equipment to build whatever you want, from laser cutter, 3D printer, but also the „old school“ equipment for drilling and milling. I hope this space inspires a lot of people to become creative and innovative.
In Germany a new magazine was recently launched with an emphasis on sharing. Have a look here.
In November 2012 I participated in the winter school „Already Beyond? – 40 Years Limits to Growth“ by the VolkswagenStiftung and the accompanying Herrenhäuser Symposium to mark the 40th anniversary of the “Limits to Growth” study by Dennis Meadows and others at MIT.
I am happy to announce that our white paper is now available for download here. Read more about the thoughts, ideas, comments and critics from the group of young researchers from around the globe who intensely discussed the historic, present and future implications of the group breaking Club of Rome report „limits to growth“.
Fab labs are on the rise. One has recently opened here in Cambridge, named „Makespace„. In Hamburg we have Fabulous St. Pauli since 2011. These are places where users can turn their ideas into prototypes using state-of-the-art 3D-printing, but as well more conventional tools such as CNC or drilling machines. A recent brand eins article dealt with the phenomenon, particularly in the context of sharing knowledge, resources and just forming local communities. Several examples exist. Visit also the website of the International Fab Lab Association for more information and several examples. According to the article, the first fab lab in Germany was the „Münchner Haus der Eigenarbeit“ founded already in 1987.
Die Artikel der Zeitschrift „brand eins“, Ausgabe „Greif zu“ (05/2013) sind hier online verfügbar. Es geht um Geschäftsmodelle rund um das Teilen (sharing, leasing, renting, etc.) und inwiefern diese für Unternehmen sinnvoll, also gewinnbringend sein können, mit spannenden Beispielen klassischer Firmen (z.B. Linde AG), von Start-ups (z.B. Flightcar, car2go, DriveNow, Zipcar, RelayRides) und weiteren Beipielen aus dem Altag.