The idea for Collaboratory is based on the Apollo missions and the books and materials that have been written about it. The application of those ideas to social change is summarized in a monograph entitled “The Flat Org Chart,” which Stacey will send you a copy of. But simply, for now,
Collaboratory is based on six ideas:
We’re not organized to solve problems in our communities. We need order-of-magnitude larger coordinating capacity. We’ll build and use infrastructure to relax constraints of distance and time.
Community problems can’t be solved in traditional, “cause” silos.
Deadlines make the decisive difference.
We’re a means to an end, not an end itself.
This effort has to be human-centered, evolutionary, adaptive and based on trust.
It’s peer to peer, broadens opportunities for participation, and links people, data and tools.