Looking at David Heinemeier post on ideas on 37signals you get the feeling of been there done that. but can the new age of wikinomics change the reality and make your idea come true using the momentum of others? can you be the next flickr ponderer? can your ideas come to life just because they are not unique?
Since it seems that our ideas are not unique and today places like Wikipedia succeed as collaborative effort may it be that people sharing the same idea will succeed in materializing it? can “Birds of feather flock together” work to create services?
This might be a fruitful effort if we can find a ground to group those people together.
But people think their ideas are unique, which they are but if we can extract 95% of these ideas we can probably find many people sharing the same idea.
Can harnessing other people with the same idea through a sharing site or selling it through an ideagora will change the ill fate of your idea? will your unique idea be deemed for life?
My personal belief is, No! your idea is sheared by many and the solution you might have concocted for your idea is yours and probably will stay yours since some one else might have taken the solution through another path of his own making. Gaping the solution to a unified solution is in the heart of standards that tend to take time and effort.
But if people with the same idea will be guided they can create a unified solution. there should be a process that guides people to that path, and that needs to be pondered thoroughly.
Only if a platform for solving the gaping issues and for making the process of solving ideas situations or problems will be created, may be through a community or a collaborative effort we might be able to give life to more ideas.
Just look at the fights spawn on community projects where one guy suggests an implementation of this sort and another an implementation of other sort, thus linux have distros.
The ideagora is less of a collaborative effort but a more of a solo spirited place and thus kind of single solution to a problem. you push your idea into “better hands” for a small fee hoping it will get better life at the hands of the buyer. like the start-up phenomena, i am making a solution/service to a problem/need and as soon as it shows singes of growth/hope i through it away at whom ever will give me the biggest amount of money for it.
Since it seems that our ideas are not unique and today places like Wikipedia succeed as collaborative efforts can harnessing other people with the same idea through a sharing site rather then selling it through an ideagora make more solutions available to us as services? can that also create the next step to start-ups?
Who will jump on the opportunity to ponder the system and the path to the Social Production solved problems? can we make that effort also Social Production?