Collaboration, much like playing a game of tennis, is a hard thing to do alone. You may wallop balls over the net to your heart’s content but unless someone returns them, it all becomes a bit tedious. Collaboration is a social task and relies on people working together to achieve a shared goal by getting them to talk, share, debate and create.
The collaboration equivalent of a tennis court is common ground — a place (whether physical or virtual) that is both accessible to all the participants and appropriate to the task at hand. [Read more...]