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The Shapley Value, Nobel Prize in Economics, and Collaboration

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I have to be honest with you: The Nobel Prize committee has not been riding high on my favorite list ever since they awarded the Peace Prize to the EU. What a myopic definition of peace. It’s not just the absence of war — what about social peace and economic peace? Besides, I still haven’t […]

Listening to the “Birth of the Global Mind”

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Wikipedia defines synchronicity as “the experience of two or more events that are apparently causally unrelated or unlikely to occur together by chance, yet are experienced as occurring together in a meaningful manner. The concept of synchronicity was first described in this terminology by Carl Gustav Jung, a Swiss psychologist, in the 1920s.” It was […]

Only Collaboration Can Save Our Species

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Let me start with my premise. It’s bold enough to warrant an opening salvo, a shot across your Homo sapiens brow. Modern human beings are still evolving. And our evolution will depend on that relatively recent part of our brain that enables us to collaborate. We are now in charge of our evolution. Our evolution as […]

The Tools for Innovation and Co-Creation

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The most powerful applications of social technologies in the global economy are largely untapped. By fully implementing social technologies, companies have an opportunity to raise the productivity of interaction workers — high-skill knowledge workers, including managers and professionals — by 20 to 25 percent. [McKinsey Global Institute, July 2012.] We recently reported on the general […]

Social Mobilization: Fewer Than Six Degrees of Separation

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Collaboration depends on people being able to be in contact and work together to solve a problem. We are becoming, if not more collaborative yet, at least closer together. Compare these two facts: In 1967, an American social scientist, Stanley Milgram, sent dozens of packages to people picked from the Omaha, Nebraska, phone book. The […]

IdeaConnection: Get Paid to Solve Problems

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I wanted to introduce to you an online collaboration website I’ve recently come across. It supports my contention that collaboration will give birth to the future. It transcends corporate boundaries and national borders. It is the IdeaConnection.com. This is from IdeaConnection’s introductory press release: Thousands of the world’s great minds are available to work collaboratively […]

Improving City Services with Collaborative Innovation

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In a networked world, every idea is an inspiration. Inspire Boulder in Boulder, Colorado, is a great recent example of collaboration that would only have been possible in a networked world. The developers created a virtual town hall open to the entire community anywhere and anytime. The project will enable residents to connect with one […]

The Disintermediation of Doing Good

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The headline of an article by a Harvard economist Edward L. Glaser in The New York Times, “Can Businesses Do Well and Do Good?,” had me wondering, “Can they do both? What is the answer?” Before we get there, I first want to define “disintermediation.” You are reading it right now. When we remove the supply chain and […]

Advances in Global Learning Through Collective Education

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We need to talk about why it is of critical importance at this point in the history of human evolution that learning becomes available to anyone, anytime, and anywhere. We must take full advantage of the technology that will enable us to bring an unprecedented collective intelligence to learning, as well as solving problems and […]