So, we’ve talked a little in the first discussion about establishing a collaborative culture, but if you’re looking for a few more thoughts, how about listening to what the ants have to teach us about working together. No, I don’t mean those white-haired relatives who passed out dollar bills and socks for every birthday. I’m talking about the six legged creatures who we see as examples of efficient and productive cooperation. Biologist Deborah Gordon spends decades studying ant colonies and how they somehow find a way to work together and survive even without the benefit of Web 2.0 tools. She and many other brilliant minds came together at the annual Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) Conference to talk about the Rise of Collaboration. You can see her speech as well as many others at the TED Talks webpage. If you have a minute, check out their 20 minute talks. Some that I’d suggest are:
Deborah Gordon: How do ants know what to do?
Clay Shirky: Institutions vs. Collaboration
Howard Rheingold: Way New Collaboration
Take a peek and share your thoughts on what you see and hear.