Cooperating or collaborating?

Tom Haskins, growing changing learning creating, May 29, 2009
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I'll share the opposing case first: both Tom Haskins and Harold Jarche defend an interpretation of the complexity-practices chart that associates cooperation with complicated and collaboration with complexity. You can read their arguments. My overly brief response is in the comments to Jarche (I need to explain it is more detail): "Being in a network is exactly the opposite of being strategically aligned. You and I are in a network - but we do not collaborate (we do not align ourselves to the same goal, subscribe to the same vision statement, etc), we *cooperate*. Collaboration means 'working together'. That's why you see it in market economies. markets are based on quantity and mass. Cooperation means 'sharing'. That's why you see it in networks. In networks, the nature of the connection is important; it is not simply about quantity and mass."
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