Monday, August 15, 2011

Collaborate

Grab a friend, co-worker, soul mate, family member, neighbor, or other, who has a similar goal as you.
Discuss this goal and how hard you are both willing to work towards achieving it.
Set aside time to collaborate online, at a house, coffee shop, park, mountaintop, or wherever you can focus and be inspired without too many interruptions.
Start without fear.
Go home.
Think alone.
Reflect however you best reflect.
Email, call, facebook message, text, or IM your collaborating buddy.
Start over if you hate where you are headed.
Share your ideas with others to see if they make sense; get valuable feedback. 
Keep working.
Embrace the new goals that pop up, change the original if it needs to be changed, and continue to collaborate.

Create opportunities for your children and students to do the same.
Teach young people how to collaborate face to face as well as online.
Allow them to interact locally and globally.
Encourage them to lead the way.
Foster respect for the process.
Let them teach you.
Listen.

"It is the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed." - Charles Darwin