The new inventors: how users are changing the rules of innovation

Steve Flowers, Juan Mateos-Garcia, Jonathan Sapsed, Paul Nightingale, Andrew Grantham, Georgina Voss

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User-led innovation - where users play an active part in the development of new or improved products and services - is exploding: proliferating digital technologies mean that we're all potential innovators now. New firms based on user-led innovation are being sold for hundreds of millions of dollars only a few years after being founded. Policymakers have remain somewhat sceptical about the importance of user-led innovation. But if the UK is to harness this new wave of invention and creativity, it needs to develop world-leading policy in support of user-led innovation. This means being more aware of the impact of new legislation on user-led innovation, and establishing a forum to ensure that policy makers hear directly from these new inventors.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon, UK
Number of pages44
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2008

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© 2008 NESTA


  • User innovation
  • User communities
  • Creative industries
  • Video and computer games
  • Music industry
  • Social networking
  • Music software
  • Innovation


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