Rewards Research, Organizing, and Socializing (R.R.O.S)

960 540 Raymond Blijd

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I’ve submitted a concept named RROS in a contest. RROS is based on my notion of knowledge management: the personal kind. Ok, there’s also this reward of an iPad 2 which I really crave. So the concept attempts to go to the heart of why we do what we do: rewards.

RROS is a conceptualization of what I think makes any product good: it aims to reward the user for their effort of using the product.

It tries to combine timeless principles of how we gather information to gain knowledge with current pervasive models on the web.

Is RROS ‘New’ and ‘Innovative’?

No, but in my universe, there is no such thing as ‘new’. RROS is just the exercise in walking a different path towards the same goal. Sort of reconnecting existing dots in a different pattern.

When I perceive something as new or innovative it is just a matter of me being ill-informed. Just like the discovery of a new planet. It has always been there yet we did not have the knowledge (or dumb luck) to have stumbled upon it sooner. We know there’s more out there but we just cannot see them.

The real challenge is convincing insiders that this ‘new’ thing is not that different (and thus unsettling) while convincing outsiders it is, in fact, an ‘innovation’.

Now the big question: did I win? Well, my reward was the scenery of a path less traveled.