This edition of recommended reading focuses on four recent examples of how collaboration is gaining traction as a solution for large scale challenges. The articles include an insight into the growing scale of the collaborative economy as a market factor (or force as some would argue). My favourite in this selection is related to the way collaboration is impacting on higher education. for those who understand the power of collaboration in an entrepreneurial context, there is a great post from Peter Gasca.


Collaborative Economy; Industry Statistics

The first example is a very rich source of information about the collaborative economy which is increasingly becoming a major topic in both social and economic discourses.  This year the topic of collaborative economy gained major momentum as it fed on the slow economic recovery (especially the EU) and the series of conferences dedicated to the topic.  These statistics are courtesy of Jeremiah Owyang.


Collaboration opens many doors

Jannie Lang from The Australian reports, It may be counterintuitive to argue that in the highly competitive global higher education market collaboration that is the key to future success. Increasingly, however, the evidence of the benefits of collaboration are piling up. This is not just for universities. Collaboration is emerging as similarly useful for industries and businesses wanting to innovate to improve their competitiveness, and for governments wanting to add value and to drive innovation, productivity and prosperity. In its most recent working paper on the Australian economy, the OECD highlights Australia’s “low rates of creative innovation” and warns of “low collaboration among key players that can constrain knowledge exchange”. By contrast, those businesses that do collaborate reap the rewards; the OECD found they “are 70 per cent more likely to achieve products that are new to the world”.


How Collaboration Can Spur Execution

Peter Gasca guides us through an experience of very popular ‘weekend startups’  where a collaborative approach to getting great ideas to work is becoming a norm for many entrepreneurs.


Collaboration increasing with ‘growth countries’

The appeal of Denmark as a destination for international students is steadily growing as collaboration and exchange increase between the country’s universities and higher education institutions abroad. Now the government is turning its attention to ‘growth countries’.


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