At Unexus.org we believe the global shift towards a knowledge economy requires a new form of collaborative innovation. With increasingly limited resources available for traditional research and development, there is an imperative for research institutions, corporations and individuals to collaborate in generating and executing innovative ideas. Our vision is for Unexus.org to provide a platform where the innovators of today build innovation communities to develop, implement and showcase solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges.
We therefore built a global web-based platform for today’s innovators to create profiles and projects to attract ideas, expertise and funding. Each project has a main project page, and may include additional pages containing information relevant to the project. Innovation communities are created around projects from the flow of knowledge around the platform.
We set up Unexus.org in late 2010 motivated by our own desire to create collaborative communities around various knowledge and ideas. For example, I am currently undertaking an Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate in international political economy with an interdisciplinary research agenda spanning historical sociology, international politics and cognitive science. I was also writing articles in psychoanalytic philosophy and wanted to create a community of people sharing similar knowledge bases. It was difficult for me to find these people, but now with Unexus.org I just need to create profile pages for what I’m working on and then build the community in a few simple steps.
The website has gained traction and received the support of the Global Entrepreneur Programme of the United Kingdom Trade and Investment Department. We are also collaborating with the Erasmus Mundus Association and the OCEANS Network to help their innovators and entrepreneurs get exposure for their projects and build their own innovation communities.
We have a wonderfully talented and creative team and are looking to build our own innovation community of people who share our vision for building innovation communities to develop, implement and showcase solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges. In many ways we share a similar ethos to Edgeryders in that we want to showcase the wonderful and inspirational examples of innovators and entrepreneurs in society who providing solutions to problems.