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Collaboration Klout & Knowledge

Posted on by Brandon Klein

Collaboration had its most 'discussed' two months in history (at least by what's traceable online) 

Here are some of the finest examples of collaboration proliferation online:

Work Awesome:
Resource for people who love what they do, and want to become awesome at it. It’s a blog for people who want to be awesome at work. It’s also a blog for people who want to be awesome at what they’re passionate about. Whether it’s the music you’re making in your home studio or the freelance business you’ve always wanted to start, or even (of course) your job, we’ve got it.  We’re going to teach our readers about starting things, completing things and trying new things – and be “awesomely productive” when doing so.

Capture and share your inner most creative genius with a little help of some tech and up to 4 friends
Think digital post-its and multiple screens (be sure to watch the video to see it in action) 

Track your Collaboration:
We all have a tendency to learn up to a point, we get comfortable and keep chugging along rarely investing in our ongoing education. I call it the slow but sure path to irrelevancy. Let me share my prescription for avoiding irrelevancy: Try new things... (highly analytical article) 

Pipl & Klout & Listorious & DemandBase & Google Me Laugh 
Know more about who you know and who they know and how much influence they have over who they know and connect what they know to what others know so you know what they know, even before they know...

Insurance companies will influence your rates because they collaborate with your online social profiles
What? Yes, it's true. The collaborative world is getting incredibly connected.  

Collaboration in Learning
We learn by example and by direct experience because there are real limits to the adequacy of verbal instruction. Malcolm Gladwell in "Blink" Change is coming to the world of education... 

When Data collaborates and then shows itself for human improvement:  
The Ushahidi platform relies on distributed data collected via text message, email, and web that is then visualized on a map or timeline. The project first began as a way to help track citizen reports of post-election violence in Kenya in 2007. Since then, Meier suggests in his talk, Ushahidi has been used by numerous organizations around the world for a variety of situations. 

Never forget the power of games in collaboration & making the world a better place:
Games like World of Warcraft give players the means to save worlds, and incentive to learn the habits of heroes. What if we could harness this gamer power to solve real-world problems? Jane McGonigal says we can, and explains how.

Web collaboration is changing the way the government is doing business:
There has been plenty of discussion about how governments are using online collaboration to engage with the general public and open up their vast amounts of data to collaborators. The interagency collaboration occurring behind government firewalls using wikis and blogs is also well-publicized. A topic that’s received less attention are the ways that social media and the principles of openness, collaboration, and authenticity are transforming how the government does business. How is social media changing the government contracting process? That’s the $500 billion+ question. 

Collaborate through scavenger hunts and your phone:
SCVNGR is a game. And playing is easy. Go places. Do challenges. Earn points! That’s the core of it, but there’s a whole lot more. Discover cool new places. Do exciting new things. Share what you’re up to with your friends. Unlock badges (and even real world rewards) by doing quick, fun challenges at your favorite places as you go about your daily life.

Google Wave becomes more collaborative and friendly - might be worth using now:
A "WaveThis" button that lets the visitors to this blog (that's you!) easily discuss this blog post with their friends and coworkers in a small group. It's less public than broadcast tools and more interactive than using email. When you click the "WaveThis" button, it will copy the title and URL of this post and drop it in a new wave. Then, you can add your friends to the wave to start discussing. Try it out! 

Cloud computing is taking over online collaboration:
Great visual to see just how powerful the Cloud is becoming...  

21st century collaboration survival skills- Foresight:
- critical thinking concerning long term development
- debate and effort to create wider participatory democracy
- shaping the future, especially by influencing public policy

Goodbye to the office:
Factories used to be arranged in a straight line. That's because there was one steam engine, and it turned a shaft. All the machines were set up along the shaft, with a belt giving each of them power. The office needed to be right next to this building, so management could monitor what was going on.