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Online Expert WorkshopHow innovative are peer communities?Approaches to the empirical assessment of peer innovation

Datum: 14. Januar 2022, 09:30–16:00 Uhr



Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW)
Technical University Berlin (TU Berlin)

OpenEnergyMonitor, OpenStreetMap and Precious Plastic are just a few examples of vibrant peer communities that use online forums for exchanging ideas. Jointly developing and diffusing new sustainable technologies is at the core of these communities. While innovation studies have traditionally focused on firm activities as a main source of innovation, peer collaboration has become an important driver of social and technical change, potentially creating solutions for sustainable future transitions.

The virtual expert workshop will bring together innovation researchers for an exchange of ideas regarding the nature of peer innovation, with a focus on the methods of its empirical measurement. The approach developed by researchers at IÖW and TU Berlin in the PeerInnovation project which measures innovation activities in peer communities will be put up for discussion. Bringing together relevant scholars in this field, we hope to further our collective knowledge in measuring peer innovation for better and more sustainable future applications.

9:30Welcome and Introduction
Jan Peuckert, Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW)
10:00Presentation: The multiple contributions of peer innovation to sociotechnical change
Sampsa Hyysalo, Aalto University
10:30Presentation: Review of indicators for measuring innovation in online communities
Jakob Pohlisch, Vienna University of Economics and Business
11:15Presentation: How to identify innovation activities in online communities
Philipp Heß, Technical University Berlin
13:00Presentation: Collecting data on innovation projects in open hardware communities: the LOSH approach
Martin Häuer, Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology IPK
13:30Presentation: Netnographic approach to investigate user innovations in the online community Instructables
Jakob J. Korbel, Technical University Berlin
14:00Working groups
15:15Presentation of the group results in plenary
15:45Wrap up and farewell