Why is Collaborative Man® important?

Posted on June 23, 2010


A challenge to find out ‘what’s going on’
It is interesting to look into how humans can make sense and navigate in daily life to meet the challenges of today and the future. The reason is that I experience that we generally have problems making sense. Making sense as understanding ‘what is going on’. It is not that I along with all others experience that I can’t make sense daily about my activities at work, at home or other. It is the idea that I make very rough interpretations of reality. When I shape the experienced roughly I – at the same time – disregard huge amounts of information that would have supported my decision process better.

This combined with my experience that I daily take part in social activities constructing reality with others and a reality that are described as extreme complex – sums up a solution where more people together better can find what is going on.

Understanding ‘going on’ as limited to the people present in the specific surroundings at the time of the process. Context.

Solving the many challenges
But why then, is it important to find ways on how humans can make sense and navigate? I see the answer in two dimensions: 1) Global and 2) Corporate.

‘Alone’ is merely nothing
From a global point of view, human activities have a huge impact on the earth, on nature, on structures and on humans. We both need to solve the challenges connected to the many systems we know of, but we also need to solve the many new challenges build-into these systems plus the unexpected challenges coming from our impact in general. To be able to meet all these challenges we need to take on a different or a supplementary approach to individualism and what this discourse represents. This is what Collaborative Man® is about. It is not sufficient that societies support the individual effort alone. Because in the modern context with huge challenges, ‘alone’ is merely nothing. We need to come and work together. And work together other than cooperative. I see the cooperative spirit as outdated and mainly useable as a pointer towards a common solution. We need to change our approach towards social solutions. We need to be collaborative. As individuals we need others to take part with their knowledge and physical effort.

From cooperative to collaborative work processes
From a corporate point of view, the challenges can be as huge and serious as the global ones. But contrary to the global approach the corporation exists in general to make profits by meeting challenges that roughly can be split into the processes ‘problem solving’ or ‘development’. The corporate challenge is also that ‘alone’ is merely nothing. Employees and managers need to come together and solve the many challenges collaboratively. And often collaboratively beyond the company structures. The way of the manager is transforming from being instructive to being supportive. It is no longer sufficient to create results through your employees but create results with your employees. In collaborations with your employees, other manager colleagues and their employees and freelance employees and managers outside the company. The mission is to solve the present challenges. And the tool is working collaboratively and constructing the needed reality together. No need (or sufficient) to have pre manufactured work processes systems – they will be developed if needed by the participating people. How you achieve personal recognition will change and will also be measured on how you support to the collaborative work process.

Collaborative Man® represents a new trend in how we work together, a new view on learning processes and a new approach to traditional management systems.

Collaborative Man® as a corporate “tool”
Working with the corporate view I have evolved Collaborative Man® to a praxis oriented level. Describing and framing how to become Collaborative Man® in real. The evolving of the corporate approach to Collaborative Man® is described thoroughly in my posts. Collaborative Man® is ready to use. But a challenge to the traditional way of thinking both individual and structural.