Collaboration Zone

What is a Collaboration Zone?

Collaboration starts in you, with the logical side of the brain talking to the feeling side, the conscious in communication with the unconscious, the seen working hand in glove with the unseen.  This is how you form your own collaboration zone.  When we add another person’s collaboration zone to ours, the relationship that forms can create a collaboration zone that is multi-layered, deep, and rich. We each become willing to be  changed by the other’s reality, open to what you see that I do not, and willing to contend, get stuck, get unstuck and find a flow together.  Otherwise it’s just cooperation, which is also wonderful.  It’s just not collaboration.

When collaboration is flowing between two people or amongst a group, there is no space between people.  A thought sparks another thought, and then another, and ideas flow. We complete each other’s sentences, we nod, we make eye contact, then gaze into the distance.  And we pause, standing and waiting for the light to slowly dawn before proceed more thoughtfully, with more care.  Collaboration is play, creative flow, and it can feel like magic.  It can melt barriers and make longstanding differences irrelevant.

The barriers to collaboration are many and noxious: All the -isms, the power dynamics, the exhausting jockeying for position.  But none of them are inevitable, and none are beyond our ability.   All the barriers boil down to one thing:  Fear and it’s tricky twin, Anxiety.