Collaboration: the mother of all disruptions

One thing that I’ve notice is the increased chatter about collaboration from various corners of governments when they talk about delivering services in partnership with the NFP sector.  I am not alone.  This is something many notice and discuss discreetly.  A proper, open conversation has not fully matured, […]

Matt Ridley's The Origins of Virtue argues that the human mind has evolved a special instinct for social exchange that enables us to reap the benefits of co-operation

We know a collaborator when we see one

Science tells us that people have fine-tuned their skills to detect some features about humans in a matter of seconds.  We form impressions of each other literally within a matter of seconds and mostly without being aware of it.  So, I wonder how long it takes to detect […]

People at Volvo believe in collaboration


The most competitive businesses in the world (and thus those most likely to have a future) know one thing better than the rest: collaboration is the key.  This is not a secret.  Good businesses get collaboration.  It’s not something to be feared despite the fact that it is […]



A quick survey of works about collaboration indicates that there has been a fivefold increase in published books every decade over the past 25 odd years.  The clear conclusion is that collaboration is a topic of increasing significance.  The interesting thing is that, as a way of work, […]



Silos are good for storing grain … or guided long-range missiles.  They are expensive and valued structures that make sense if your primary concern is food safety or warfare.  But when we build them in our workplace, they are nothing more than a major cost to business.  There […]