Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

The more people make collaboration the core of sopcial, political and educational society, the more difficult it becomes to more forward. It's not simply because of our inclination to view those we disagree with as the enemy, as Nancy Dixon says. The difficulty with collaboration is that you have to work together to achieve some common objective. But that's usually precisely where you disagree with the other person. "How can we succeed, then, in working with people we don’t agree with or like or trust?" asks Dixon. My answer has always been to recommend cooperation. You don't need to share objectives, you don't need to share values, you simply need to enter into an exchange that leaves both of you better off. And leave the politics for another day.

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