Harvard Business Review: Why Crowdsourcing Often Leads to Bad Ideas

Harvard Business Review: Why Crowdsourcing Often Leads to Bad Ideas. “Why do many crowdsourced ideas turn out so bad, and what can firms do about it? My recent research finds that it comes down to understanding the motivations of crowd members. The research drew on qualitative and quantitative data from InnoCentive — one of the largest global crowdsourcing platforms for innovation.”

MakeUseOf: 5 Beautiful Mind Mapping Apps to Help You Think Outside the Box

MakeUseOf: 5 Beautiful Mind Mapping Apps to Help You Think Outside the Box. “Mind mapping isn’t a recent discovery; it has existed since the third century. Now, it has got its due because you need new ways to think and organize information. And you need to think outside the box too. Try putting a mind map to unexpected uses. Maybe, use it as a morning journal or retain a book you just read. You can do a mind map on paper or you can turn to these clean and clutter free mind mapping apps.”

PC Magazine: The Best Mind Mapping Software

PC Magazine: The Best Mind Mapping Software. “If your teams and key creative workers are getting bogged down by an increasing workload of rote tasks or maybe simply swamped by too much information in this new world of interconnected Big Data then mind mapping software might be able to help. These solutions focus on helping workers ideate, innovate, and even, eventually, execute.”

Calculist Looks A Spreadsheet/Outliner/Scripting Language Hybrid. On Rocket Skates.

KICKSTARTER CORNER: I have to get up and go get a rag because I’ve been drooling way too much over Calculist. “Calculist is an open-source thinking tool. It’s sort of like a spreadsheet app with a tree data structure.” It’s already raised over $1500 toward its modest goal of $2000.