Increasingly visible crowdsourcing platforms like Threadless scale quickly by harnessing the innovation power of crowds and capitalizing on networking effects. However, failure cases such as Quirky, show that sustaining ventures built upon crowdsourcing is a daunting task. Comparing Threadless’s success and Quirky’s failure provides valuable...

Our two-centre conference next month in Swedish Lapland begins in the coastal city of Luleå, a city transitioning from a centre of traditional heavy industry and timber production to a digitised, sustainable future providing modern services. We’d like to tell you some more about recent...