Dunbar’s Number and High Performance Teams

I sometimes describe Collaborating Minds as an effort to create the world’s largest high performance team. We believe that we will need about 500 members to have sufficient diversity in terms of expertise and knowledge. How are we thinking about size and scale as we design this? There are multiple aspects of scale to consider; here I want […]

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Structures that build community

  Last week I heard two examples of very similar structures (action learning and TEC/Vistage groups) that seem to generate a high degree of interpersonal involvement among participants. There is, I think, some learning possible for the design of Collaborating Minds. In each case, participants get together to get help on something they are doing […]

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A favorite collaboration

One of the inspirations for Collaborating Minds is a project called Polymath. Some people have been asking about it lately so I’m updating an old blog post I wrote a few years ago for Positive Structures, a blog where I think about personal and organizational structures that can make a positive difference (like Collaborating Minds, […]

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Self-organizing and Collaborating Minds (and a hat tip to Stewart Brand for an old article!)

We’ve been thinking a lot about “social” organization at Collaborating Minds, because recent discussions have confirmed that our emphasis on the social interaction of the participants distinguishes us in a meaningful way from other collaboration approaches.  At the same time, we know a lot but still have a lot to learn about how to make […]

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