Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

Revisiting cooperation

Sept 28, 2020

There are some good points here. Harold Jarche writes, "Shifting the emphasis of much of our work from collaboration — which still is required to get tasks done — to cooperation, in order to thrive in a networked enterprise, means reassessing some of our assumptions and work practices." For example, in cooperation we see "the lessening importance of teamwork, versus exploring outside the organization." Also, "detailed roles and job descriptions are inadequate for work at the edge." And "it also requires the casting-off of business metaphors based on military models (target markets, chain of command, strategic plans, line & staff). Cooperation is how we will find a vaccine for Covid-19."

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