Don Tapscott once said, “Collaboration is important not just because it’s a better way to learn. The spirit of collaboration is penetrating every institution and all of our lives. So learning to collaborate is part of equipping yourself for effectiveness, problem solving, innovation and life-long learning in an ever-changing networked economy.”
It has never been more true than in the case of Kelly Hosken’s new project, Assistance Plus. This dynamic lady is seeking to establish a collaborative network of like-minded professional individuals. Her quest? To share information, expertise and ultimately empower others to live richer, happier lives, both at home and at the office.
Yet, Kelly is not alone in her goal. She is only one of numerous individual bloggers and artists that are learning the true value of online collaboration. “It opens up new avenues, establishing new opportunities and in the end, creating a vibrant, living community.” says Abie Davis from the Minion Factory. Online collaboration is akin to the old “word-of-mouth”-system. Artists and designers are connecting with bloggers. Marketers and website owners are forming partnerships. This increasing trend is bound to shape the online community in many different ways.
Today it is not uncommon for a blogger to collaborate with a designer in a different country, while catering to a world-wide audience. Borders are being removed, and just perhaps, we are finally witnessing the birth of a true global village.
As a blogger, artist or website owner, are you collaborating with people online? Your reputation could certainly benefit from this strategy. People are instinctively drawn to forming partnerships, groups and social clubs. We share ideas, dreams and common goals – either to satisfy an ingrain need to “belong” or perhaps it is a badge of honor, a flag to wave, showing what we believe in.
I believe that we all can benefit from working together. By sharing experiences, skills and passion we can ultimately all benefit! So, today I am challenging you to think about the online and yes, the offline, collaborations in your life. What are you doing to nurture them and infuse them with your special blend of awesomeness?