Ignore. Ridicule. Fight. Lose. That’s what happens to the institutions that seek to preserve the problems for which they were created.
So it is with collaboration. We’ve heard the word many times. And we’ve seen it paid lip service many times. But so long as it was not centre-stage, the immune system didn’t care.
Now things are changing. Studies are coming out indicating that networked organisations don’t work, that command and control is needed. That open-plan doesn’t work, we need cubicles with high walls. That too much collaboration can cause problems.
All that says to me is that the immune system is switching from ignore and ridicule to fight.
Which means that not collaborating will soon come to an end.
A corollary is John Gillmore‘s “The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it.” The Net is, at its heart, a system of collaboration.