Creativity and innovation regularly feature in the collaboration discussion. Some call them ‘corporate twins’ (see article below). At times it may sound as if they are the best, or most appealing, features to potential partners. Now, I think they certainly can be very appealing to individuals who carry out the day-to-day work in any collaboration, but they can and often are expected to produce miracles. Creativity and innovation are not essential for good collaboration. In fact they are directly proportional to the maturity of a collaborative partnership. Mature collaborating partners have a higher degree of trust and understanding of each other’s capacities, needs, risks etc. They also invest more in the reputation of each partner. Only when these factors are satisfied can innovation and creativity play a larger role, because both can be very disruptive when poorly managed and can lead to destabilising of relationships. Creativity and innovation are more likely to increase collaborative advantage, so it pays to know how each of these areas work in the collaboration context. The following selection of recommended reading may offer some clues.


The Way to the Future Through Collaboration: Tinkering With the Bounds of What’s Possible: Buzz Aldrin salutes Old Glory on the moon. Image: NASA/APOLLO 11

The Way to the Future Through Collaboration: Tinkering With the Bounds of What’s Possible: Buzz Aldrin salutes Old Glory on the moon. Image: NASA/APOLLO 11


6 Marketing Collaboration Tools For Your Online Strategy

Collaboration is a huge part of marketing and making sure that your online strategies are running smoothly because there are so many different factors you have to keep organized. Because of all these factors you have to have a lot of people and because of all these people, collaboration is inevitable. Using a few marketing collaboration tools might be just what you’re missing…READ ON


Are businesses ready for the next generation of creative collaboration technologies?

headCreativity, and its corporate twin, innovation, are increasingly seen as indicators of business success. By 2020, the UK is expected to have an innovation and ideas economy rather than a purely knowledge economy. As that takes shape, collaboration will be the means to improve problem solving, increase creativity, and deliver that all-important innovation. Extensive research – formal and informal – has been conducted into how collaboration can best harness the creativity within organisations. Neurological studies have shown that laughter helps people be more nimble and creative…READ ON


8 Tips To Improve Mobile Collaboration

According to research firm IDC, the number of mobile workers worldwide is expected to reach 1.3 billion (37.2 percent of the global workforce) by 2015, with more than 153 million of those mobile workers in the United States and Canada. While many organizations now allow employees to use their own mobile devices (smartphones, tablets) at or for work (BYOD), getting workers to regularly communicate and collaborate, with each other as well as the office, via their smartphones or tablets still poses a challenge…READ ON


‘The Collaborative Citizen’ Report launch in partnership with Ipsos MORI

“The Collaborative Citizen’ is based on new polling data from Ipsos MORI, and explores the relationship between citizens and public services, asking what it would take to develop a more collaborative and engaged relationship in which services were centred around the wants, needs and aspirations of citizens. Key questions asked in the report include:..READ ON


Only collaborative leadership can make communities succeed

Strong political leadership and good managerial leadership do not have to be mutually exclusive aims. Successful communities need a number of things: strong political leadership, a relentless focus on results, a commitment to transparent and ethical government, a strategy for representing and engaging the whole community and good administrative leadership. Only a collaborative approach can get near to delivering all these things. But as political scientist and public executive Harlan Cleveland puts it: “How do you get everyone in on the act and still get action?”…READ ON


The Way to the Future Through Collaboration: Tinkering With the Bounds of What’s Possible

What does an astronaut know about facilitating business and fostering innovation? The start of the space age hinged on uninhibited innovation, collaboration, leadership and careful planning. Over the course of my career, the space program has grown tremendously, and what made that possible is applicable outside the industry. These four things — innovation, collaboration, leadership and careful planning — that were so essential for decades of exploration and inspiration are crucial to the success of any project, and the lack of any one could be detrimental to our success as a society in moving forward…READ ON


…and now for something completely different…


How Einstein’s Brain Was Probably Different Than Yours, And Why He Was So Creative


In 1905, at the astoundingly young age of 26, Albert Einstein came up with the quantum theory of light, proved the existence of atoms, and created the theory of special relativity. If you’re wondering how so much genius could possibly be jam-packed into one head, a new study just published in the journal Brain, provides a clue…READ ON


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