This past weekend I had the good fortune to attend an un-conference on Social Media, Collaboration and Social Enterprise. It was great to be around my peers from other sectors.
The government sector is rarely at this table as a partner. I think this is a problem.
There is a convergence of thinking and emerging collective intelligence around the need for new ways to collaborate, change the world and innovation. I continually observe the development of parallel tracks, which should be cognizant of each other which are not.
There is a call to draw a map of all activities and groups, somehow invested in the enterprise of change, through collaboration, investment, community service, social media, accountability, transparency and participation.
Some are feeling a sense of chaos with who is doing what for whom. A sense of chaos, by itself can be expected in massive change, but as many people are founding new ways to bring people together, we are in danger of creating the redundancy of effort we seek to prevent by collaborating.
Changemakers come from many walks of life and professional association and organizations. Many more are emerging every day. The fact we are seeing so much interest is terrific.
How do we identify the most worthy activities and organizations to get behind? How can we be more aware of the landscape? Why is government often left out of the equation? What does government have to offer the emerging collaborations in the non-govt sectors?
I think this is a ripe subject and an important one to discuss. Sustainable and thrivable change will only occur if we are working successfully together, each sector doing what it does best.
Comments on this are very welcome!