New business ecosystems will drive accelerated learning and growth

In recurring Fortune columns, John Hagel and John Seely Brown, Deloitte LLP Center for the Edge, share their perspectives in the world of the Big Shift.

This series of columns explores how in dynamic ecosystems, participants build long-term (rather than transactional) relationships, and focus on collaboration and rapid learning so that the entire ecosystem becomes more valuable over time. These types of environments have great potential for talent development, corporate growth, and innovation. Read the articles below.​

​​Recent Fortune articles

How eBay survived while other disruptive markets disappeared
It’s all about becoming a platform designed for customer learning.

Small designers don't need big retailers to find a market
As technology lowers barriers between producers and consumers, more producers are becoming retailers in their own right.

A medical gold mine, buried underneath layers of red tape
Not every industry has taken advantage of advances in cloud computing. Health care has certainly been a laggard, largely because of data privacy rules.

To survive, companies need to stop hiding behind their walls
Companies need to respond faster and more flexibly to a changing environment. They cannot do this alone.

How to deepen customer loyalty: Be transparent
Companies should expose their vulnerabilities and own up to their mistakes. It’s good for business.

A business movement focused on the little guy
Makers build and create a growing array of things, everything from robots and drones to shoes and jewelry. Think of them as the next generation of the Do It Yourself crowd.

Companies' most neglected resource for success
Many companies overlook one of the most closely connected and valuable networks available to them: ex-employees, retirees, and even former partners and clients.

When the professor works at Google
Singularity University is a novel response to the need for continuous, lifelong learning among professionals in today's working world.

What every company can learn from Lego
Lego has built an open community of robotics enthusiasts who have helped make the company's products better.

Welcome to the hardware revolution
Major shifts in hardware design and production have allowed the "maker movement" to mature rapidly. The next generation of fantastic hardware could very well come from the startup up the block.

The power of the business matchmaker
Matchmakers can connect millions of people looking to pair talent with jobs, buyers with vendors, tenants with landlords, etc. The Fortune 500 should take note.

The future of our open source world
The term "open source" was first coined in response to Netscape's January 1998 announcement that the company would make freely available the source code for its web browser, Navigator. Since then, the philosophies of universal access and free redistribution of source code have revolutionized the software industry.

How companies ought to train their staffers
Despite all the lip service paid to "talent development," many companies struggle to meaningfully engage their employees in a way that will help them keep pace with the changing marketplace.

How Microsoft grew into a giant
The tech giant was a no-name startup when it launched its MSDOS operating system in the 1980s. But the open environment it created with developers fueled its explosive growth.​

Why most online communities are failures
As anyone who has started their own blog certainly knows, it takes all of an hour (if that) to create your very own space to share your most brilliant ponderings for the entire world to see. But when it comes to building a space online that people want to visit regularly and contribute to, well, most of us never get there, and for good reason. It’s really hard.

Using the crowd to your company's advantage
Companies often tend to keep their biggest efforts internal, and they frequently start from scratch, with the idea that they ought to keep their plans close to the vest until the time comes for a splashy announcement.

Why more companies need to break their antisocial tendencies
Businesses that are more open about how they work with other companies stand to benefit immensely from unexpected discoveries and partnerships.

Grow your company like Google
Google and Apple came to dominate the smartphone world in part by developing a platform for third-party developers to sell their apps. Why this growth model applies to your business.

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