My friend, Peter, sent me two possibilities this past week:
1. 2 or more individuals working together to design or create solutions to a shared problem.
2. A virtuous cycle of value creation that involves human interaction
More and more I find that people assume that whatever happens when groups of people meet and get along is collaborative. In most cases, it’s probably cooperation. They got along in order to move a project along. Cooperation means compromise and is the mainstay of committees. Collaboration, on the other hand, rises to a higher level of human interactivity. Collaboration calls for true relationship and it requires something akin to virtue to accomplish.
For now, I’ll simply define collaboration as co-creation. It begins with the movement from me to we; from you to us; and from my to ours.
How would you define it?