TEDx Macatawa 2015 Session 3a:  Seth Starner, Why Collaborate? Why Now?

  • wicked problems in society now
  • 20th century = good at solving complicated problems - take puzzle pieces and put them together
  • can be solved
  • 21st century = solving complex problems (wicked problems) - global poverty
  • race connected to poverty connected to education
  • 20th century = competition - driven to find the right solutions
  • 21st century = co-opetition- John Nash came up with this idea
  • times to collaborate and time to compete
  • need to be able to toggle between being collaborative and being competitive
  • example is getting educators and businesses collaborating on changing education together
  • establish trust
  • see shared perspective
  • example: collaboration by default: building 20- many physicist gathered together
  • being within 10 meters of each other brings about frequent collaboration
  • types of collaboration: - black hole collaboration: agree on problem but can’t work together for solution
  • civil war collaboration: can’t agree on a problem
  • productive collaboration:  bring together a tribe/community by design - shared experience
  • common understanding
  • building to build
  • actively building a small community around a problem
  • allow for divergence AND convergence
  • deconstruct assumptions and eliminate bad ideas
  • language trajectory of collaboration - we can do better
  • yes, and
  • what if…
  • how might we…
  • what are we learning? (other people )
  • how can we scale?
  • language trajectory ofstatus quo - yes, but
  • we’re good
  • we’ve tried that
  • that won’t work because
  • we know it wouldn’t work
  • this will cannibalize our business
  • Tribing = creating wicked solutions - system based
  • cross-sector/cross silo
  • engage & design for behavior change
  • aim for simplexity (simpler not simple)
  • iterative
  • dynamic & agile approach
  • “Let’s collaborate!”

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