August 6, 2009 by Jamaal
Gone are the days when everyone operated on their own, whether individual persons or corporations. People are finding out more and more that collaboration and interaction is crucial. That’s how humans are made to be – we’re social creatures – and we excel when we work together. This is true in our business and personal lives – look at the family unit and the community unit. Everyone – without exclusion – adds value to the greater whole.
The Internet has placed our networking and collaboration capabilities on an entirely new level. It’s so easy now to work on projects and initiatives with people in distant cities or countries, and even with people that you’ve never physically met before. It’s really exciting to say the least, and the opportunities are endless.
There is a book on this concept which I’ve been advocating for about 2 years, it’s called Wikinomics by Don Tapscott and Anthony D Williams. The tagline of the book says: “How mass collaboration changes everything” – and it’s so true, everything’s been changed, and continues to change.
The back cover, concisely, states:
“The knowledge, resources and computing power of billions of people are self-organizing into a massive new collective force. Interconnected and orchestrated through blogs, wikis, chat rooms, peer-to-peer networks and personal broadcasting, the internet is being reinvented to provide the first ever global platform for collaboration”
Read that again if you didn’t get it. If you got it, it’s worth reading again anyway!
So what’s The-Colab?
My good friend Nur Ahmad Furlong has been talking about this initiative for several months now. The initiative aims to be a collaborative and collective effort by individuals and entrepreneurs in the Design, Marketing, and Web industries. You can read a bit more about it at the website. I’m very excited that the first real project has kicked off, and I’m very happy to be part of the team. Khalil Aleker, Eshaam Rabaney, and Rafiq Philips are also part of the team for this pilot project.
None of us are totally sure how this initiative will grow and mature, but we are all aware of the possibilities, and we all realize the skill and value of each other. The primary notion I want to leave with you today is that this is the future. Collaboration. People are working together on a huge scale, and increasingly so. I would suggest that you start thinking this way, if you’re not already. Do what you love, work within your passion-parameter – and partner and collaborate with others for the things that are not your passion. We all have different passions, and we can leverage off one another. This is powerful!