Keith Sawyer has an interesting post about collaboration and learning. He concludes with this statement: “So many of our most important learning experiences happen when we are in groups with others, and this is why understanding collaboration is central to the study of learning.”
And therein lies the dilemma for those of us who work alone or in home-based businesses: how do we find opportunities to collaborate and therefore learn from others and enhance our own learning and creativity?
While skype and some of the social networking tools can help, nothing beats actually being together, f2f, in the same space, drinking coffee, tossing about ideas, sharing stuff and generally having wide-ranging discussions.
That’s why Moby in Torquay is my alternative office, where I’m always happy to meet up with others and chat.