I was thinking about the seventies, when I was living in a Camphill Community and I was visiting Tvind, Den Rejsende Højskole, in Danmark, that was also a living, learning and working community… I was in Tvind for discovering the learning system and for collecting used clothes for Zimbabwe (Mugabe) in the community, for paying the students travels, that was collaboration…. I lived in communities as a student and it was great!
“Collaboration is about people being the best that they can be in the context that matters the most to them. Rather then being what other people need them to be or everybody being perceived as being equal.” – Douglas Thomas
But what happened to all of this? I have a deja vu these days while working on collaboration. In the early 70’s there was the common goal for democracy, for women’s lib, for workers lib, etc. Also great thoughts about learning by collaborating. In my school for higher education (De Horst, Driebergen, The Netherlands) we didn’t follow lessons for some months, because we had a strike, and we discussed “democratic learning”, “collaborative learning”, it was a great time, I learned so much…
Why did collaboration fail in the 70-s, as a way of living, learning and working in communities?
Now collaboration is a needed for employability and working with complexity. The “Reputation economy” will change the ways we collaborate. But I have some questions left:
- What business models will fit the products and services of collaborative groups “Reputation economy”, when making the work available for others? Human activities includes problems with power, status and money.
- What could we learn/use from the seventies about collaborating effectively?
- What insights do we have on making collaborative learning, (working and living) effective for everyone (the most)?
- What insights do we have on making collaborative learning, (working and living) accessible for everyone (the most)?
- How could we change education as fast as possible to learn to collaborate?