Collaboration in Context of the Big Shift

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On Collaboration

This article by ConfuseOfCalcutta.com is a must read. It helps to describe the critical shift from isolated accumulative information, represented by degrees and the like, to collaborative flows of knowledge, which is only on the fringes of being recognized, let alone accepted within the world’s production-oriented cultures and societies.

The article provides a great summary that addresses a new level of consciousness that emphasizes: adaptive, flowing, dynamic, and learning over established, structural, static, and educated as a basis for today’s thinking, creating, and hiring. I for one consist of the former and believe that this issue is one of the main reasons why many of us have been unable to get jobs, as we are on the front edge of the change curve! These changes in creativity and productivity are also why I  believe that intellectual property (IP) design, sharing, and legal practices will continue to decay as open source (OS) becomes the norm.

It is crucial that we deepen our understanding of these new concepts and frame them in ways for others to understand, especially company executives and human resource (HR) people.  Vic D

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The authors develop this point into an argument that we need to move away from experience curves to collaboration curves. Experience curves were about the past; they contain historical experience and explicitness and sought to extract value by repeating that experience in military fashion; and, in consequence, marginal utility diminished over time while marginal costs increased, and a classic diminishing-returns model ensued. Collaboration curves, on the other hand, are about the future; they seek to containerise tacit knowledge, the ability to learn, to adapt, to evolve; value is created by making the company better at learning.” Bert-Ola Bergstrand

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How the Social Enterprise enables this Big Shift-based collaboration

  • The Social Enterprise, even in its simplest form, is designed to respond to the Big Shift, as shown below.
  • Built around flows, not stocks
  • Underpinned by foundations of trust
  • Designed to facilitate learning and memory
  • Making discovery easier
  • Subscriber-based
  • Filtered by the network
  • Making use of collective intelligence
  • Simplifying pattern recognition
  • Triggering beyond the tacit: the role of serendipity
  • Extending beyond the enterprise

[Admit it. You were about to say that’s the longest list of buzzwords you’ve seen without the word “leverage” in it.]

Actually things are a lot more serious than that. The list above is not really about buzzwords. If we behave like they’re buzzwords, we have a fate worse than death awaiting us. We will continue to live in a world where e-mail and document attachments dominate the space that would otherwise be taken up by true collaboration. We need to understand what the terms mean, why they’re important, how to embed them in our day-to-day operations. So let’s look at each phrase in turn and try and figure out what it means in a work environment.  Read more …

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