This “Map of Scientific Collaborations from 2005 – 2009″ (http://collabo.olihb.com/) by Olivier H. Beauchesne at science-metrix,inc. says it all. And if you experienced it. . . there is no need to read on, but to feel this absolute work of art made up of people who share values. It is our future, and it will bring solutions to the challenges we face today.
We talk about collaboration. We use and sometimes overuse the word to position for many rewarding outcomes. But if we stop for one moment to understand what it means to truly collaborate, we will never underestimate this word’s value again. It is not something that you label or add into a grant. It is not something you create from the top-down.
Collaborating means people trusting and sharing values enough to engage in a shared vision. It takes leadership with integrity and connectivity among people who believe in each other. Once you have this — you have the power to change the world.
Thank you Olivier H. Beauchesne and science-metrix,inc for sharing your view. Thank you to collaborators around the globe for finding each other! Go forth and innovate!