The radical embrace of openness, transparency, and service-design thinking that transcends organizational silos will fuel innovation in 2019.

In 2005, Thomas Friedman’s New York Times bestseller, The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century, postulated that globalization made the world more connected than ever before. In response, he argued, the global rate of change accelerated exponentially. In time, these ideals paved the way for radical collaboration and openness.

Future success will depend on organizations’ embrace of open innovation, open source, and service-design thinking that not only demolishes traditional silos but builds collaboration highways among the rubble.  

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The ideals of accessibility and connectedness that defined the early 2000’s have matured and paved the way to widespread collaboration and radical openness.