Collaboration: The Mother of Invention

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Collaboration: The Mother of Invention

  1. 1. Collaboration for Social Good @ PfH Nick Jankel nick@wecreate.cc www.wecreate.cc www.wecreate.cc
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  3. 3. What is collaboration? www.wecreate.cc
  4. 4. The spectrum Co-operation Collaboration Co-creation Increasing possibilities Decreasing control www.wecreate.cc 4
  5. 5. Great discoveries and improvements invariably involve the co- operation of many minds. Alexander Graham Bell www.wecreate.cc
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  9. 9. disintegration Most collaborations and co-creations are not successful. despotism doldrums www.wecreate.cc
  10. 10. Because our society is based on a pervasive mindset... www.wecreate.cc 10
  11. 11. Lupus est homo homini Man is a wolf to man, not a man Plautus, Asinaria www.wecreate.cc 11
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  23. 23. Collaborations are inherently risky and expensive to start. www.wecreate.cc 23
  24. 24. So why fight the status quo to collaborate for good? www.wecreate.cc
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  40. 40. How do we make collaborations work? www.wecreate.cc
  41. 41. Lupus est homo homini Man is a wolf to man, not a man Plautus, Asinaria www.wecreate.cc 41
  42. 42. Lupus est homo homini, non homo, quom qualis sit non novit. Man is a wolf to man, not a man, when he has not yet found himself. Plautus, Asinaria www.wecreate.cc 42
  43. 43. Collaboration creates species advantage In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed. Charles Darwin www.wecreate.cc 43
  44. 44. We may not have a selfish gene Vampire bats share their food with those less lucky - but those who cheat don’t get any in the future. Wilkinson et. al. www.wecreate.cc 44
  45. 45. We are designed to collaborate Chimps and infants both instinctively help adults without reward or training. Frans de Waal & Michael Tomasello www.wecreate.cc 45
  46. 46. Altruism is hard-wired and fun Altruism activates the mesolimbic reward pathway, a primitive part of the brain that usually lights up in response to food, drugs and sex. They also activate the subgenual cortex which are intimately related to social attachment and bonding in other species. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences www.wecreate.cc 46
  47. 47. Collaborations work for us 62 % of new co-ops are still operating after 10 years vs. 44 % for new private sector businesses www.wecreate.cc 47
  48. 48. Trust pays Trust is one of the strongest known indicators of a countryʼs wealth A 15 percent increase in the proportion of people who think their compatriots are trustworthy raises per capita growth by 1 percent for every year thereafter. Professor Zak www.wecreate.cc 48
  49. 49. Most of the resources, money and ideas to solve out greatest challenges are out there. www.wecreate.cc 49
  50. 50. We just need to collaborate. www.wecreate.cc 50
  51. 51. But our minds have been schooled, conditioned and trained to think otherwise. www.wecreate.cc 51
  52. 52. Mind-forged manacles. www.wecreate.cc 52
  53. 53. Collaboration is a leadership challenge... ... an individual leadership opportunity. www.wecreate.cc 53
  54. 54. In the world of large institutional networks we face issues for which hierarchical leadership is inherently inadequate. This is the big difference of our world. That’s why ‘becoming a real human being’ really is the primary leadership issue of our time, but on a scale never required before. Professor C. Otto Scharmer MIT Sloan School of Management www.wecreate.cc 54
  55. 55. Leverage that network Your behaviours are influenced by others in your network far more strongly than you might think, even by people you’ve never met. Even obesity may be more influenced by your peers than by your parents. New Scientist, 2009 www.wecreate.cc 55
  56. 56. 6 steps for collaborative innovation Build trust & forgiveness Enable group magic Co-create visionary win-win- wins Orchestrate a symphony Harness collective creativity Create firmest foundations www.wecreate.cc 56
  57. 57. Encourage and support growth www.wecreate.cc 57
  58. 58. Every collaboration helps you grow. Brian Eno www.wecreate.cc
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  60. 60. Build a viral grassroots collaborative culture www.wecreate.cc 60
  61. 61. one mind at a time www.wecreate.cc 61
  62. 62. How wonderful it is that nobody needs to wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. Anne Frank www.wecreate.cc 62
  63. 63. For nuggets sign-up to our mailing list. www.wecreate.cc 63

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