I was in the process of listening to a BBC interview when I read your post, the more I read and listened, the more I was able to make comparison’s and find similarities between the two.
The interview was with Eric Von Hippel, a Professor and the Head of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Group at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He specializes in research related to the nature and economics of distributed and open innovation.
In the interview he talked about how for innovation to progress it needs to move away from corporations and the hesitation they have about utilizing it, and allow users to have much more input in the development of innovation. Some of which can already be seen in open source software development, and soon product development etc. I have posted the links below for you.