Creative vs. Transactional Collaboration

Asha Curran, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Jun 07, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This post essentially distinguishes between collaboration (which it calls 'creative collaboration') and cooperation (which it calls transactional collaboration) and then asserts that only the former is good. "Collaboration that builds organizational capacity, moves people to take part, and propels the sector forward, by contrast, involves true co-creation and uses the unique strengths of each partner as building blocks." I don't agree with this, and more to the point, I don't think Stanford does either. What they are actually saying, I think, is that they will work only with people who already agree with their sense of what the mission is and how it should be approached.
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