I am participating in a fascinating online course on the Literacy of Cooperation, facilitated by Howard Rheinghold. We are less than a full week into the course, and it is already a vibrant and “cooperative” learning community. As we were getting started, I found myself wanting to begin with a working definition of cooperation, especially as it relates to similar words. Howard directed us to a helpful article entitled, Collaboration for Change, where the authors offer such definitions. As a tool for thinking about this, I developed a revised version of a table provided in the article (with some good feedback from other participants). It is still a work in progress, but perhaps you will find it helpful as well.
Of particular interest to me is how each of these require different levels of trust, time and a willingness to share turf with others. I may push for a collaborative effort, but in order to do so, it will require the building of adequate trust among all stakeholders, a willingness to carve out enough time in our already busy schedules, and the vulnerability to share portions of our turf with one another.