Unlike office buildings or universities, an online collaboration can not be seen. The word “collaboration” may even put some people off as sounding too “brainy”. But, as any soccer mom knows, collaboration is a tangible part of everyday life. It is a system that brings people together to improve daily life for all. I suppose other terms would make folks more comfortable. Words like teamwork, partnership, group effort, association, cooperation sound softer. But they are passive terms describing roles within an existing framework. None capture the dynamism of complementary people working toward a common goal. None consider either the depth and breadth required to conduct the enterprise. None are adequate.
Wikipedia has this to say about collaboration http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collaboration
… two or more people or organizations work together in an intersection of common goals — for example, an intellectual endeavor that is creative in nature—by sharing knowledge, learning and building consensus. Most collaboration requires leadership, although the form of leadership can be social within a decentralized and egalitarian group.In particular, teams that work collaboratively can obtain greater resources, recognition and reward when facing competition for finite resources.Structured methods of collaboration encourage introspection of behavior and communication. These methods specifically aim to increase the success of teams as they engage in collaborative problem solving.
Being both organic and dynamic, collaborations can not be grasped visualized as easily as stone and steel office buildings or university ivy-towers . So, I offer the following simple analogy for understanding our collaboration.
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