Two Heads better than….hmmm better to have Two Thousand?

22Apr09

Ants collaborate. Bees too–they are Wired for it. These two animals are some of the only successful individuals who truly make teamwork seamless.  It is in their DNA.  Their societies DEPEND on each other in the means of mass collaboration

Humans?…not so much, we are okay on small teams, but as a team-society of billions?   It is not written in our DNA “nature” as mammals. Humans are not born into an elegant network of finely and specialized experts doing single jobs for their lifespan in order to sustain the species.  Humans talk, think, argue, sit on a couch.  What can a massive crowd of humans really do? Change the worlds’ weather? Become the village that raises a child?

We do know that working together in teams has so many beneficial rewards, and it is good to be part of a community that values the individual who contributes for the greater good! But let’s now think about massive collaboration…crowds of thousands working together on the SAME something….what does that look like? Religion? Cure for Cancer? Wikipedia?

We as loads of humans are not just making honey for the queenie bee now are we? We have many fragments of huge groups of people co-creating, sharing and feeding an information machine, but who is really in charge? Do we need anyone in charge?

Mass collaboration, it is just really starting to take shape with Web 2.0 fueling the way…what are your thoughts? What are some of the benefits/hindrances to working with 30,000 people on one project? Too many cooks in the kitchen? More ideas, more creativity? Einstein, well, he pretty much worked alone. Really, what do YOU think?

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3 Responses to “Two Heads better than….hmmm better to have Two Thousand?”

  1. 1 Jonathan

    You touch on many of the reservations which I have when looking at this new way of interacting. Not to be a stick in the mud, but I’m not wholly convinced.

  2. 2 El Aguila

    What prevents Americans from being more group-project oriented is a false view of our culture. In the 21st century there is an over emphasis on individualism at the expense of the collective good. I really think the future of our nation’s well being depends on the ability to interact in more cohesive and group oriented process. I see it in my courses when I assign group projects. The best students in these assignments are those who are confident and do not feel that they always have to be heard, only that they are contributing meaningful work toward the group objective. Those who hate these assignments are those that lack basic organization or communication skills.

    Lead, follow, or get out of the way, I always say.

  3. 3 susi

    Lead, follow, or get out of the way…I like it Jaime…


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