Collaboration Past, Present, and Future

August 27, 2009 Leave a comment

Today I recognize the shoulders that we stand upon as willing and enthusiastic collaborators!  Click here to listen to an interview with David Straus in recognition of the 40th anniversary of his founding Interaction Associates and officially launching his pioneering collaborative methods, of which the Interaction Institute for Social Change is a grateful inheritor.

David remarks the changes he has witnessed over the last four decades, including an overall movement from resistance to embrace of collaboration as an effective and often necessary approach to solving problems and leveraging opportunities in organizations and communities.  And what does the future hold?  For David, it comes down to seeing and using collaboration as a means of deeply shifting culture.

And what about you?  What and who would you raise up as part of the collaboration canon?  And what are the next frontiers?

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  • Gibran says:

    So important to remember our shared story! Thanks for the reminder Curtis… and for me, the next phase is this decentralized approach that we’ve been talking so much about. At the meta level, I am fond of telling those who vibe with the paradigm shift that whether we get to see each other or not we must always remember – We are part of the same conspiracy of love!

  • Curtis says:

    I would say that I hope we broaden the scope of collaboration to the non-human realm so that we can be more in synch with the ecosystems that support us.

  • And David stood on the shoulders of his dad, the great arbitrator, Don Straus.

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