Tag Archives: Collaboration

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Dembo and Bellow: The Best of Collaboration, Communication, & Innovation

Dembo and Bellow: The Best of Collaboration, Communication, & Innovation

Does it even get any better. As we approach winding down from an intense two-day Livestream of the best of the best, here they are, and they literally wrote the book. Steve Dembo is, quite simply, a legend. He doesn’t have a milk mustache or do print commercial for a milk company. Nonetheless, he IS


Learning is a consequence of thinking. —David Perkins, Smart Schools

Professional learning communities are more myth than reality if teachers operate independently and in isolation from each other (Hord, 1997). Working productively in such groups requires the ability to justify ideas and to test the feasibility of solutions on others. It also requires the openness and willing spirits of individuals to accept feedback from their


The Complexity of Thinking Together: The Emotional Challenges of the Socail Brain

I might not know; I have to think in public; I might be wrong; I might be judged by others . . . Thinking with others does not necessarily come easy for any of us.  We may want to think well with others and at the same time we may look at thinking well together


“You as a leader” . . . Questions to ask yourself . . .

This is not a complete list. Hopefully it has questions that will get you thinking about your current or future potential leadership service.   What are your dispositions as a leader? Do you see yourself as someone who can think interdependently? Do you see a need for and/or a value in – intentionally growing and

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Tomorrow belongs to those that can collaborate and create in concert

I really believe that tomorrow belongs to those that can collaborate and create in concert.  Given the fact that the federal government is likely to shut down tomorrow – I really believe that tomorrow literally and figuratively belongs to those that are will to to think interdependently. I don’t believe that for an effective collaboration


STEM students can make a difference…introducing “The Air Force Collaboratory”

If you have a classroom of high school students who are curious, innovative and thrive in a collaborative environment – check out this new online platform created by the U.S. Air Force. The Air Force Collaboratory.  The website, https://collaboratory.airforce.com, was developed to encourage STEM-inclined students and mentors to engage and work with the Air Force to


How does important, complicated, and serious work get done?

Think putting a man on the moon. Think bring Apollo 13 home. Through collaboration!   Our times require us all to be willing, able and effective in our collaborations within and across networks.  We need to be explores of the power and potential of ‘interdependence’ because we and others are investors, owners, caretakers and creators


Design Thinking: Where our thinking starts will effect where our thinking goes

There is a big difference between the probe “What’s wrong?” and the probe “What works?” Below you will find a graphic based on the thinking of a successful architect.  Peter Saurcerman,  an architect for 35 years in Northern California.  He believes that groups thinking together in response to the “What works?” probe will be more


Groups – Cooperation – and the number of Women in the Group

According to Science Daily:“When it comes to intelligence, the whole can indeed be greater than the sum of its parts. A new study co-authored by MIT, Carnegie Mellon University, and Union College researchers documents the existence of collective intelligence among groups of people who cooperate well, showing that such intelligence extends beyond the cognitive abilities


From a Competitive Contest to a Collaborative Learning Experience

Jeremy Rifkin is a best-selling author and one of the most popular social thinkers of our time.  In his book: The Empathic Civilization: The Race to Global Consciousness in a World in Crisis he presents a picture of our current civilization and questions the future if, in fact, citizens of the world do not become