Buzzword Bingo: Collaboration = To work with others


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Collaboration = To work with others

On the wishlist: finding friends and colleagues willing to make a commitment to healthy, fun collaboration.

There's no competition when you're trying to make a difference. It's more of a coopetition. It's essential to hammer out a joint strategy. Working smarter, not harder, requires working together. Many hands make light work!

Collaboration succeeds only when we share results and can talk freely about our failures, aka 'this hasn't worked and here is what I learned?'

That said, many people resist working in groups.

Suggestion: We need to explore uncoordinated collaboration, the type of progress made when different parties are contributing to something without conscious intent. Think of the research using Flickr to identify whales.

Also see: Collaborative editing, conscious collaboration


What is the value of collaboration?
How do players create incentives for collaboration?
What are commonalities of collaborative projects that succeed?
What are the touchpoints for collaboration?
Are opportunities growing for uncoordinated collaboration?


Lack of collaboration is a proverbial stone in the road for those developing any 'sustainable' endeavor. Genuine collaboration requires deep trust. We have an enormous stake in each other's success.

Let's work smart. Many tourism players are aware that improving collaboration is a worthy objective, yet they feel stymied by how to put practice into action. Instead of competing, can we learn how to offer complementary services?

Institutional agreements often lack incentives for collaboration. In a project developed by multiple stakeholder groups, who gets the credit if the project succeeds? Who is blamed if a project fails?

Sharing the burden decreases the burden and expands opportunities for all.
We have more to gain from co-operation than from viewing one another as competitors

Business is about competition AND collaboration, not just one or the other... "it's better to grow the pie and have a slice of it than to keep the whole, but tiny, pie to yourself" - working with others to be successful, building personal strength as well as strong communities

Collaboration is different than cooperation in that it includes different players with various interests, some of which may be at odds with one another. That said, if the people come together they end up creating something that could not be accomplished individually. Also, the 'end product' is often something that was previously unimagined as the process itself generates new developments.

Google Docs

Collaboration in NZ Travel and Tourism.

Buzzword Bingo

Acompañamiento - Aggregate - Altruism - Amplify - Attention - Backcasting - Bundle - Buy in - Carrotmob - Choir - Citizen Science - Collaboration - Common Ground - Competition - Consultation - Continuity - Cooperation - Coordination - Curate - Education - Empathy - Engage - Engagement - Etiquette - Face to Face - Feedback - Flow - Flowchart - Future Fit - Gameification - Ginger Group - Good Enough - Hashtag - Hybrid - Hyperlocal - Ideas - Inclusive - Information Doer - Interactive - Law of Two Feet - Lighthouse - Meritocracy - Old School - One Off - One Room Schoolhouse - Open Journalism - Open Science - Open Space - Open Source - Outcomes - Partnership - Pivot - Platinum Rule - Players - Plurilingual - Progress Bar - Road Map - Share - Silo - Smart - Team - Tease - Time Bank - Tinker - Touchpoint - Trust - Unconference - Uncoordinated Collaboration - Wiki - Wikipedia


collaboration - Google News

Nethui Collaborative Notetaking

RT in Cities Videos

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european ecotourism




talking is fine but then you have to act (sustainable, responsible, ecotourism in Mexico) 2011


Reduce the impediments/barriers to collaboration


Trust box
Deja una huella positiva/Leave a positive footprint (2011)

Who's Who



2011 Responsible Tourism Fair


The Collapse of Complex Business Models
Clay Shirky on institutions vs. collaboration
Are you a competitor or a co-operator? | Blog on Bizbuzz
On #OccupyWallStreet and the Power of Open Source and Consensual Processes
Open Collaboration: Principles and Performance

Cape Town Flickr
'Do you want to guest blog for us about Cape Town? Write us a review of an event, a memory of an experience, or an opinion of a service.


Prisoner's dilemma is a fundamental problem in game theory that demonstrates why two people might not cooperate even if it is in both their best interests to do so.

World museums group


I like to think of the internet or all the services connected through the internet as a kind of eternally unfinished collaboration, pooling the words of millions and millions of people. And this partly means that something that was always implicit has become explicit, which is that language doesn't belong to us, language is something we build together. You can't make up the meaning of words on your own. The words are flowing through us. You look on Twitter, you look at memes, people often are just passing on words and echoing others' words. And so I think we are forced to realise that this kind of massive collaboration is not something we can stop, it's not something we can freeze, it's not something we can be definitive about, it's a constant negotiation in which you either are prepared to accept that negotiation or you try to carve out your little corner
Tom Chatfield, A linguistic celebration of the digital world @TomChatfield

Q: How many people does it take to make a reality?
A: One. But two is always better.
- Philip K. Dick

We think better collaboration comes through conversations with our peers about results and failures.
- Rick Reed, Ruth Rominger, Jennifer Berman, & Kate Wing, Building Our Collaborative Muscles

Don't work for anyone. Work with everyone.
- Simon Sinek @simonsinek

But when you look at innovation from the long-zoom perspective, competition turns out to be less central to the history of good ideas than we generally think. Analyzing innovation on the scale of indivuals and organizations — ad the standard textbooks do — distorts our view. It creates a picture of innovation that overstates the role of proprietary research and “survival of the fittest” competition. The long-zoom approach lets us see that openness and connectivity may, in the end, be more valuable to innovation than purely competitive mechanisms.
- Steven Johnson, citation

The last decade was social. The next decade is gaming.
- Seth Priebatsch, The game layer on top of the world

Many hands make light work. (Ma tini ma mano ka rapa te whai.)
- Maori Proverb

We live in an era of unprecedented interdependence.
- Helen Clark @HelenClarkUNDP

There's a bunch of research I've come across in this work, where people say that the social context is a 78-80 per cent determinant of performance; individual abilities are 10 percent. So why do we make this mistake? Because we spend all of these years in higher education being trained that it's about individual abilities.
- Charlie Pellerin, What went wrong with the Hubble Space Telescope

Recommended Listening

Super Cooperators - Why is cooperation a defining human trade? The authors look at the molecule, animal and human kingdom to unravel the mystery of cooperation and why we need each other to succeed.

Ear to the Edge of Time - Is our love of a good story and a hero blinding us to the complex collaborations behind astronomy research?

Solving the World’s Problems Differently - Don Tapscott, one of the world’s leading authorities on innovation and the economic and social impact of technology, shows how new global non-state networks are offering powerful new solutions for cooperation, problem solving and governance.

Where Do Good Ideas Come From?
The power of tinkering
Busting the myths of collaboration - LInda Dunkel

Recommended Viewing

Workplace of the Future—What is it? - The change from "I" space to "We" space
Daniel Johns & Josh Wakely - My Mind's Own Melody

1. Narrative is melody and melody is storytelling.
2. The closest collaborations often occur when the collaborators have skills that are diametrically opposed.
3. The storyteller's job is to question.
4. Whatever works works.

More quotes
Do not limit yourself by what you can do but limit yourself by what you can imagine. If you are limited by your own personal skillset then seek out the right people to achieve your ideas.

The storyteller's job is to question, not to define. The world needs more pertinent questions to be asked than simple answers.

Rachel Botsman on Collaborative Consumption - It's a new socio-economic big idea promising a revolution in the way we consume. Collaborative Consumption describes the rapid explosion in traditional sharing, bartering, lending, trading, renting, gifting, and swapping redefined through technology and the latest social media and peer-to-peer online platforms.

Most people instinctively avoid conflict, but as Margaret Heffernan shows us, good disagreement is central to progress. She illustrates (sometimes counterintuitively) how the best partners aren’t echo chambers -- and how great research teams, relationships and businesses allow people to deeply disagree.

neil finn/paul kelly

virtual choir

The Virtual Choir 3 is live! You have until 31st January 2012 to record your entry__ - good luck!

The path toward a more personalized and more collaborative tourism sector in 2020 is one that we are forging by our actions today.
That said, are policy-makers and travel pros making it easier to collaborate or setting up obstacles? Despite the rise of electronic gadgets, digital illiteracy is prevalent throughout the economy. Trade show and conference organizers have been reluctant to offer livestreaming and free wi-fi. Likewise government tourism officials have been reluctant to buy into the open data movement. These are just two examples of where things stand in 2012.
At the beginning of the Indaba tourism conference in South Africa last year I delivered a presentation which addressed similar issues. The talk - We Suck @ Collaboration - - was well-received and set up a dialogue for further exploration, as in 'how do we not suck so much at collaboration?' This report helps show us the direction forward.
From chaos to collaboration


Topics to explore

What's failed?
belize conference
ecuador giffee
Academic Conferences
Lobster/Grasshopper Joke
'we should be further along'
Institutional Memory
one off events
Control Freaks - Universities that convene events with promise of info sharing
Corruption -
bums on seats
climate change discussions
media press trips
journalism workshops directed from afar
posters for events delivered on the day or day after the event
north american ecotourism events
mexico now


collaborative ready practitioners

We need to ask locals: what hinders you from running tourism sustainably.
Tourism requires the integration of government sectors

Collaboration is the only way forward for sustainable destination development

It should be clear by now that we suck at collaboration. We shouldn't, but invariably more time is spent setting up networks than seeing them through. Lack of continuity is the primary stone in the road. How many alliances and partnerships have been set up at conferences and trade shows only to fade away the following week?
We should be able to make better use of peer-to-peer and online sharing, but so far, success has been hampered by a lack of institutional buy-in and individual anxiety. Having set up online forums and wikis, I see the majority of these platforms fail because participants want a quick fix and spend the majority of their time anxious about the small things -- the password, the style -- and then move on to the next big thing.
Where I find inspiration comes not from the world of travel, but the world of open access. The concept has been making progress in the past 10 years with numerous institutions and funding agencies insisting that materials developed with public or foundation monies include Creative Commons licenses permitting sharing and remixing. I addressed these changes in the 'Upgrade Your World' presentation -- -- made at the 2010 European Ecotourism Conference and the challenge of collaboration in 'We Suck at Collaboration' -- -- made at the 2011 Responsible Tourism in Cities Workshop.
On a collaborative note, I welcome virtual volunteers helping out with the Planeta Wiki. We're setting up Responsible Travel Week 2015 and editors are asked to chip in with 15 minutes of their time each month. Details


Value of collaboration
Collaboration Notebook
The Role of the Internet in Integrating Tourism and Biodiversity

Ma tini ma mano ka rapa te whai. Many hands make light work. Unity is strength.

there's too much to do and not enough time / response: let's collaborate

a collaborative effort

Cue Yourself / Artwork

How do we collaborate? = ¿Como podemos collaborar? #Roofdog
How many people does it take to make a reality? #rtcities 05.2011
The bright light of sustainable practice

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