The Collaborative Mind


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Everyone agrees that collaboration is important, but it's hart to move beyond putting people together in a room and waiting for the magic. Kip Voytek and I try to explore how people need to think differently and adopt new cognitive modes to be more effective collaborators.

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The Collaborative Mind

  1. 1. The Collaborative Mind Cindy Chastain and Kip Voytek TEDxOttowa December 6, 2009
  2. 2. and then we . . We read and write about it . . .
  3. 3. weasel words have emotional throw weight sound important almost demand acclamation … but means nothing
  4. 4. can’t do it alone
  5. 5. we need it for survival
  6. 6. allows us to do things better
  7. 7. the fundamentals
  8. 8. cooperation to collaboration
  9. 9. pleasure of critique reverent iconoclasm cognitive empathy centrifugal mind
  10. 10. pleasure of critique
  11. 11. embrace your own ignorance and discomfort
  12. 12. “ The core skill of innovators is error recovery, not failure avoidance.” Randy Nelson Pixar University
  13. 13. go forth actively looking for the holes
  14. 14. and have fun while you’re at it...
  15. 15. separate yourself from the work show often/show early want to contribute, not own learn to be a good critic
  16. 16. reverent iconoclasm
  17. 17. first principles inspire
  18. 18. atoms and molecules “ Bird liked to take one tune and play it for a couple of hours. Then he would know every nook and cranny of the melody and the chords. He was very scientific about those things....”
  19. 19. Always approach the rules with Devotion and Heresy
  20. 20. Going deep (in a reasonable time) Expose your biases Teach/write about your discipline Invite heresy
  21. 21. cognitive empathy
  22. 22.
  23. 23. crossing minds
  24. 24. concrete cognitive components Categories & Cell Units Altitudes Rhythms Metaphors & Frameworks
  25. 25. Getting into other people’s heads Do different things (for even a day) Follow the brain health trends Read memoirs/bios of different people Be curious when you see passion
  26. 26. centrifugal mind
  27. 27. exhibit B exhibit A centrifugal centripetal
  28. 28. centrifugal thinking… =
  29. 29. no ready answers?
  30. 30. “ more patient, less deliberate modes of mind are particularly suited to making sense of situations that are intricate, shadowy or ill-defined.”
  31. 31. not knowing = opportunity
  32. 32. no starting point listening to what’s there building on what’s given Improv
  33. 33. has no fear in exploring the outer regions of possibility derives insight from multiple sources is purely in the moment the centrifugal mind…
  34. 34. seeks a clear path to solutions looks for ways to align/recombine is critical/reflective in its approach the centripetal mind…
  35. 35. final thoughts
  36. 36. be nimble
  37. 37. Devotion Advocacy Hammer Centrifugal Heresy Critique Nail Centripetal
  38. 38. be foxy
  39. 39. “ The hedgehog knows one big thing, the fox knows many things.” - Archilochus
  40. 40. The Twitter/140 Version To get the most out of working with the rich diversity of talent around - to collaborate - be nimble, be foxy. (110 characters, room to RT)