A few months ago, I received a press release from Idea Connection, a "Collaborative Problem Solving, Creativity and Idea Exchange website."
Billing itself as a "problem-solving and multidisciplinary design innovation website that allows people worldwide, from amateurs to experts, to connect and collaborate," the site/service promises to help users "Solve Problems, Seek Solutions, and Create ideas and products."
They can also buy, sell and license inventions, innovations, new products, ideas, intellectual property and patents.
You know what? I'm not so sure I'm a fan of these collaborative problem-solving websites.
Well, as you know, I am a big fan of collaboration and co-development, of team participation and relationship-building. But I don't like when ideas and idea-sharing are presented and treated as transactions, rather than as the fruit of actual relationships. Not only is the process I believe in re-worked and sometimes even bypassed entirely, but the whole human element is ignored and in my opinion, the human element is a HUGE and integral part of the picture here.
What do you think? Is buying and selling ideas, inventions and technologies in an online marketplace ultimately more attractive or powerful than relating on a human level? Maybe I'm looking at this the wrong way. Let me know if I am...