Neman Network of Collaborative Innovation, is a social construct that describe network of innovative teams spread in the area of Neman River to collaborate in achieving a common goal by sharing ideas, information, and work.
Network is based at the area of European cross-border region called “Euroregion Neman”, a territorial entity that is made of several local and regional authorities that are co-located yet belong to different nation states.
Members of the network are independent, self-motivated people with shared vision organized themselves around coworking centers, hacker spaces, creative spaces local meetups, companies and universities. The common ground is neighbouring, culture heritage, interests in the new technologies.
The most valuable and complex technologies are increasingly innovated by networks that self-organize. Networks are those linked organizations (e.g., firms, universities, government agencies) that create, acquire, and integrate diverse knowledge and skills required to innovate complex technologies (e.g., aircraft, telecommunications equipment). In other words, innovation networks are organized around constant learning. Self-organization refers to the capacity these networks have for combining and recombining these learned capabilities without centralized, detailed managerial guidance. The proliferation of self-organizing innovation networks may be linked to many factors, but a key one seems to be increasing globalization. Indeed, globalization and self-organizing networks may be coevolving. Changes in the organization of the innovation process appear to have facilitated the broadening geographical linkages of products, processes, and markets. At the same time, globalization seems to induce cooperation among innovative organizations.
— Robert Rycroft in Self-Organizing Innovation Networks: Implications for Globalization, Elliott School of International Affairs The George Washington, February 24, 2003
– Neman Culture was located in the upper basin of the Neman River: northern Poland, southern Lithuania, western Belarus and Kaliningrad Oblast. During Atlantic Period (from 8th millennium BC). Climat was much warmer than is today. It was the warmest period of the Holocene, sometimes described as a climatic optimum. Broad-leaves tree forest covered much of the territory and the people adapted to the changed environment. They were still nomadic, but traveled shorter distances and stayed in the same place for longer periods, camps were usually located near lakes or rivers. Despite variety of influences, the culture was rather stable for 2500–3000 years indicating no significant migrations.