The Future As Seen By Me In 2010

Well looky here, things one has scanned in eh. (ignore the photo, that's some guy that made some accounting software, not sure what became of him ;) MIKE RIVERSDALE is fuming. The expensive headphones he bought in Sydney three weeks ago have just died. His first reaction is not to randomly spill expletives into his coffee, but to use his iPhone to vent his frustration to his Twitter con- tacts, under the moniker Miramar Mike. "I will also put, 'What should I do?' It's a conversation. I'm reaching out to the people following me." The council predicts hand-held digital devices such as smartphones will rule the world in 2040. They already rule the life of Mr Riversdale, whose company WaveAdept helps businesses adapt - their computing sys- tems to allow staff to work from anywhere - and with anyone. In order of fre- equency, he uses his iPhone to tweet (1136 followers; 8363 tweets since joining), e-mail, make phone calls and use online services, such as checki

Collaboration - How I Define It

Collaboration, literally, consists of working together with one or more other people.
All parties work together and build consensus to reach a decision or create a product, the result of which benefits all parties. Competition is a nearly-insurmountable roadblock to collaboration, and the relationship among parties must continue beyond the accomplishment of the task in order to assure its viability. The goal is dynamic.

Why bother doing collaboration?

There are times when it is inappropriate so firstly be aware of the differences between the 3 C's (collaboration, consultation and communication). Once easy method of deciding is to ask yourself if you want to:
Achieve collective results that the participants would be incapable of accomplishing working alone
If so, collaboration is the way to go.

What do you need around you for good collaboration?

Base collaboration comprises 3 pillars:
  1. Good information
  2. Clear communication
    • Shared objectives;
  3. Active connections
    • Sense of belonging;
    • Mutual trust and respect;
    • Complementary, diverse skills and knowledge;
    • Intellectual agility

A common sense of urgency and commitment with a dynamic process helps focus these pillars.

Appropriate tools

There are any number of tools that I could point out, the key message is that do not believe collaboration tools can only come in the form of a computer program!

  • Appreciative inquiry;
  • Open Space meeting protocols;
  • Four Practices (opening; inviting; holding and supporting; grounding)
  • Conversations;
  • Stories;
  • ICT collaboration tools

See also


Open Spaces and Four Practices:

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