I came across this online community called Fellowforce. The site bills itself as "the global innovation department." (It also seems like they are conducting a contest for a better tagline -- winner gets 1% of company stock. Not a bad way to encourage good ideas!)
This Open Innovation platform asks this question as its basis for being:
"Why ask one local expert when you can invite all experts worldwide to participate in your innovation?"
There is no shortage, and I have covered many of them in this blog, of online communities looking to connect people, ideas and resources, so the premise in and of itself is not new. But I do think that encouraging the gathering of experts, idea people, consumers and others is a good thing if done in an organized, goal-oriented environment.
Based on the ideas of open source and what it calls "outside-in," Fellowforce aims to be a leader in this crowded but-still-growing area.
What do you think?