People obsess about many things – it’s part of what makes us human I guess. One of those obsessions is with definitions. For some reason we seem to have a never-ending desire to define things before we do anything else. And so it is with collaboration. I often have people ask me what the difference is between collaboration and co-operation. The first edition of ROADMENDER Recommends for 2016 starts with a piece by Ron Ashkenas who explores this topic. For those wanting to read more, I have included my own piece on the same subject called ‘Collaboration vs Cooperation: is the proposition real?’ written a couple of years ago.

Sincere thanks to those who have suggested articles for this edition of Roadmender Recommends.


A New Year’s Resolution: Let’s Learn The Difference Between Cooperation And Collaboration

Everyone seems to agree that collaboration is critical for major projects and initiatives. The reality, however, is that meshing the skills and resources of different departments, each focused on their own distinct targets, to achieve a larger organizational goal, is much easier said than done. In fact, it takes much more than people being willing to get together, share information, and cooperate. In addition, it involves making tough decisions and trade-offs about what and what not to do in order to adjust workloads across areas with different priorities and bosses. And despite…READ ON


Collaboration vs Cooperation: is the proposition real?

Writing about collaboration, educating people through workshops, strategic planning sessions and so on inevitably creates opportunities for learning new things and, perhaps more importantly, thinking about new challenges and questions posed by clients and audiences. One of the interesting questions I am often asked is how collaboration differs from cooperation. More specifically, there are times when dialogue emerges indicating how cooperation is in fact a better way to go than collaboration, etc….READ ON


How collective intelligence helps organizations move past hierarchical leadership structures

honey beeConventional wisdom tells us that organizations run best when critical decisions are made by a strong and capable CEO. This is true even if it means calling upon a temporary leader until a permanent replacement can be found (as we saw with Twitter’s recent scramble to bring on Jack Dorsey). Of course, this begs the question – are there alternatives to top-down decision-making that can achieve better outcomes? I’m not suggesting we do away with hierarchical leadership structures, but if there are ways for companies to make smarter decisions, it’s worth understanding them and exploring if new technologies can help us implement such methods…READ ON


Human-machine collaboration could tackle world’s toughest issues

Human-machine collaboration is the key to solving the most complex issues of the world, an editorial published recently in the journal Science suggested. Championing “human computation”— a system that combines the artificial intelligence of machines and talents of humans, the authors claim the system could successfully tackle complex issues like climate change and geopolitical conflicts. Authors Pietro Michelucci and Janis Dickinson also claim that the “human computation’ system could help solve the issues without the existential risks that are posed by artificial intelligence and the technological singularity…READ ON


Collaboration is key to making Syracuse great again

One expectation the holiday season brings is the opportunity to connect with others. From little things, like walking down the street and saying hello to a passerby or candles lit in windows, every city becomes a small town at holiday time. A connected community means people are working together, thinking together and sharing time together. The main theme of the iconic Christmas movie, “It’s A Wonderful Life,” is we are more connected to others than we realize. As everything was falling apart…READ ON


Michel Bauwens on Peer-To-Peer Economics and Its Role in Reshaping Our World


Michel Bauwens is a writer, researcher and conference speaker and a noted expert on the subject of peer-to-peer economics. He is Primavera Research Fellow at the University of Amsterdam, external expert at the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, and the founder of the Peer-to-Peer Foundation. Recently, he spoke with Futurism contributor Daniel Araya about the transformative power of peer-to-peer economics and its role in reshaping our world…READ ON

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