On The Nature of Collaboration07/25/2016

The purpose of working together as collaborators is to achieve a common goal that the group aligns on. Defining a collective goal will depend on the ability to compromise between the members of the group. For a group to function, one must reach common ground with where they stand as an individual in relation to the entire group. Collaboration often works best with open minded people that can discuss ideas and problems in a rational and logical manner. Not every group will function the same way and every group develops their own culture when it comes to doing things.

Aligning on goals:

Goals can be broken down to their core values in order to create a balance between members in the group.

Establishing a healthy working relationship would require a level of personal development that would empower the group.

Personally I would like to build my goals upon a solid foundation of ethical and moral principles that strive to create an ecosystem that would benefit not only the group itself but also all of humanity.

The above goal is very high level so some might find it relatable. High level goals are often great to start with when developing the group's culture. Since we can all agree to one basic idea we can establish others to map out some common goals that the group can aim to achieve.

Once the group aligns on an idea, the next step would be to break down the idea into segments so that everyone in the group has a chance to contribute.

Understanding corruption

A group can fall into disarray because personal goals may not always align on the same wavelength. This is only natural because as humans, we all process information differently because of our experiences, genetics, memories, culture, etc...

If we use genetics as an example, we can see that humans have a natural tendency to prioritize their self preservation, however, sometimes that very selfish nature can lead organisms astray and choose short term solutions over more prosperous long term solutions. Most organisms simply don't have the capacity to make such choices. The difference in humans is our ability to form and store memories not only in the individual brain but also by recording knowledge and passing it on to other people.

This sharing of information benefits the parties in a group but as the group grows larger, it becomes difficult to determine what the shared goal should be. A large group can fall into conflict in deciding what to focus their energy on, sometimes this can cause a split in goals within the group. That is why it's always important for the group to remember to compromise with each other in order to agree on goals at a higher level.

It becomes clear that in order to stabilize large groups, fostering a culture that is tolerant and just is very important. A group that will allow new ideas to flourish as well as ensure a prosperous environment for all memebers.

Looking inwards

In order to work well with groups, a person needs to be adaptable to others but also maintain a healthy ego to retain their individuality.

Reaching a balance of inner peace and outer peace can become a worthy goal to strive for. It would mean a person has to be willing to overcome obstacles as they come.

Achieving a state of honesty with other people becomes increasingly important when it comes to defining these goals. In order to achieve group symbiosis we need to keep our selfish nature in check when making decisions that can affect other people. Especially those that may not even be a part of the group because they are also part of a grander ecosystem.

Establishing trust

Competition has its advantages but there are differences between healthy competition and malicious competition. Healthy competition in groups can lead to a lot of innovation - the problem is how do we balance personal reward with group reward without isolating team members and creating rifts between them.

Communication becomes key when working in groups. Constantly nurturing an environment where people can communicate freely and honestly with each other can help inspire members to work collectively rather than for their self interest.

Working together

Many questions arise as we contemplate a better group dynamic. Change is something we can all believe in but we have to be willing to change ourselves without fully compromising our sense of self to the group.

Too much conformity and too much individualism can still cause unforeseen problems. The system we exist in has to be adaptable enough to our cultural identities and the pace of our increasing collective knowledge.

Questions Raised

Each person has their own idea of happiness, can we quantify happiness on a level that others in the group can align with?

Modeling behavior is defined by the culture you're in. How do we nurture individuals that can think critically, can control their emotions, and respect other individuals on equal terms while maintaining their individuality?

How do we encourage positive criticism while also making sure to be mindful of personal bias?

How do we look beyond our selfish primitive selves and avoid hypocrisy?

How can we collectively strive to solve problems without overburdening others?

How do we maintain a balanced group that evolves with the pace of individual evolution without upsetting the group's ecosystem?

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