Our Steepest Learning Curve: Collaboration

alvin-toffler

Masterpieces are not single and solitary births; they are the outcome of many years of thinking in common, of thinking by the body of the people, so that the experience of the mass is behind the single voice

~Virginia Woolf

What is it that we have to learn most at this moment? Dear Toffler, I believe our ability to collaborate is our steepest learning curve – especially for American’s as we have been raised and fostered as individuals. Seeking to be experts and self sufficient is in the breast milk I have been raised on. I am finding a limit to the nourishment this model provides in a global emergent market.

In a “sharing economy,” the hardest part is having to trust that you will get the acknowledgement you need and most of all, will not be left out as your trade hands, improve and take on a life of their own. Just like a child grows independently, so do ideas, and the same psychological individuation is required.

Perhaps this is why I think we need to do a better job of supporting, acknowledging and affirming one another. If more people feel “safer” in sharing their ideas, I think we will get a lot more brilliance from everyone around us.

Believe me, knowing this intellectually, doesn’t mean I don’t have a lot of insecurity in my bones.

Perhaps in this writing, I will find more courage to honor and release the wonderful ideas that have somehow decided to land in my life.

Having insight isn’t so much about being intelligent as it is about being present. Here are my best resources on #collaboration.

Walking bravely forward,
Jennifer

Song de jour: ♫ Afrojack – The Spark ft. Spree Wilson ♫

1) #Collaboration: Synthetic Overview of Collaborative Economy by @mbauwens of @P2P_Foundation

2) #Collaboration: Six Ways to Empower Yourself With Others by @faisal_hoque

3) #Collaboration: Too Big To Know Where the Smartest Person in the Room is the Room by @dweinberger

4) #Collaboration: The Individuation of Ideas … my pov

5) #Collaboration: Why we need each other by @danielpink

6) #Collaboration: Lessons from Edison & Collaborative #Innovation

7) #Collaboration: Future Work Skills 2020 … via @iftf +1 virtual collaboration #a3r

8) #Collaboration: Synthesis in Collaborative Flow … by @sourcepov via @collabdna #a3r

9) #Collaboration: Interprofessional Collaborative Practice

10) #Collaboration: What Collaborative Leaders Know

Afrojack – The Spark ft. Spree Wilson ♫

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