Category Archives: Alliance management

New architecture of collaboration

Things have changed, the tools of web 2.0 make collaboration, at least theoretically, really easy, so why it is so hard to get done? Outside the web, where Wikipedia, Linux, Ideo  and a few others have rewritten the rules, and … Continue reading

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The geometry of networks

It is pretty clear to most that the number of connections in a network grows more quickly than the number of people in the network. It is a mathematically consistent relationship captured by Metcalf’s Law, but in summary, you double … Continue reading

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Opposites attract?

Only in physics, in personal relationships we seek common ground, people who under stand instinctively what we are saying and thinking, and who work the way we do. Collaborative teams  and alliances of many types often fail from the start … Continue reading

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Groups need a purpose

It is a pretty simple observation that for a group to act collectively,  there must be a strong central reason for them to do so. The larger the group, the more difficult it becomes to maintain this sense of collaborative … Continue reading

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Conflict within a group Vs conflict between groups

  Somehow, there is an evolutionally phenomenon at work that kicks in when a group gets larger than 150-200, the number that social research has repeatedly identified as the number of people that any individual can have a relationship with, … Continue reading

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Mutuality and network development

  Social networks have boomed, tools to enable the networks abound, MySpace, twitter, face book et al being the most  well known, but many more fail than succeed, and they do so based on the degree of mutuality that exists. … Continue reading

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Collaboration lessons from Canberra

This hung election has generated a tsunami of comment, but nothing I have seen on the mechanics of collaboration, a key factor in any lasting resolution to the impasse  I would have thought. The idea of a “party” is simply … Continue reading

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