Nature’s answers to collaboration - Learnings from gardening, botany, landscaping and nature itself.
Nature’s answers to collaborationLearnings from gardening, botany, landscaping and nature itself.Sami PoikonenNovember 8th 2012Aarhus
About meCurrentlyEnterprise & Information Architect, CEO ofEmergem, Founded 09/2012PreviouslyEnterprise Architect, Enterprise Contentmanagement, NokiaSenior SharePoint ConsultantConsultant, ECM solution architect, J2EEArchitect
About meHobbies:Dendrologythe scientific study of trees and woody plants,especially their taxonomyGardening & Landscaping• 1 hectare of own land• Over 200 species• Over 40 species of maple (Acer sp.)• USDA Z3
I spent several months looking for natures answer to the problem – J. B. Cox -> C shape of jaws -> Oregon #10 saw chain -> Oregon Saw Chain Manufacturing Corporation was C founded in 1947
Scope of SymbiosisOrganism Organism • Endosymbiosis ← Exosymbiosis
Scope of CollaborationOrganization Organization • Intra-collaboration ← Inter-collaboration
Types of Symbiosis Mutual • Service-service • Phoresy • resourse-resourse (transportation) mycorrhiza • Service-resourse Pollunation • Cheating • Inquilinism (housing) • Social parasites Non-mutual Orchids Cockoo • Metabiosis • Ectoparasites (on surface) Mites (prepares environment) Host suffers • Endoparasites (inside) Host benefits Worms, bacteria, virus Paratism Commensalism mutualismQ: Where would you place email collaborators?
Types of Collaboration 1. Networking Informal and noncommittal, weak 2. Coordination links Previously identified 3. Cooperation goal, synchronization ofVoluntary arrangement in activities andwhich 2 or more entities 4. Resourse Sharing responsibilitiesengage in mutual beneficialexchange insteadcompeting. Knowledge, talents,Not fully shared risks, skills, 5. Collaborationresponsibilities and information, risks,rewards. resources, capital; Synergestic, Symbiotic shared for common goal relation, where 2 or more entities working tohether to create something much greater than they could have come to on their own
What is the world’s largest living creature? Pando - Single male aspen clonal colony Great Barrier Reef connected by roots - 2900 reefs, 2600 km, 344000 m2 - 43 hectares (106 acres) and - Thousands species has around 47,000 stems - Ecosystem - 80 000 years old - Origin dates back 600 000 years - Fishlake National Forest, Utah, USA - Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, AustraliaQ: Do you aim for clonal unity of diverseecosystem?
Plants thrive in right soil and right amount of light Collaboration Direct sun light ◯ Full sun > 6 h Partial shade, 3-6 h ◑ Shade < 3h ComplianceQ: Individual personal preferences?
What do you do with Information? Fountain? Drain? Q: If Sharing is caring, do you really care?
Total Costs of a Street Tree• Just plant seed, rain waters it and it grows on its own.• Cost ~ 0Real TCO of a street tree:2500€/tree Q: What really is cost of collaboration? How about not collaborating?
"Whats in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet."• Weed: A plant considered undesirable, unattractive, or troublesome, especially one growing where it is not wanted, as in a garden• If it spreads and becomes succesfull, It is in danger becoming a weed. Rosa rugosa invading beaches of Finland Q: What if collaboration is not valued?
• Try to understand scopes and types of collaboration you are promoting – If individual motivation is missing, it won’t fly• Individual motivations and preferences – Focus on early and easy adopters, don’t force on others• Try to get costs and what ever you expect in return right• Be prepared, not everyone sees value in collaboration – If you are not able to show the value, easier it is to neglect
Good places to visitMustila Arboretum, Finland; www.mustila.fiThe Arboretum in Hørsholm, DenmarkWestonbirt, The National Arboretum, UKUSNA, US National Arboretum, Washington DCStrybing Arboretum, San FranciscoBotanical Gardens all over the world
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