by djdunc. Average Reading Time: about a minute.


Had a really interesting evening at the at abrahams event hosted by Arup on the theme of “collaborleaders”. at abrahams is curated by abrahams and Claire Curtice Publicists with this event chaired by Sophie Howarth from the School of Life. The evening highlights were Philip Sheppard playing an impromptu cello solo and then later joining Steve Lodder and John Etheridge to show how three musicians can come together and improvise a piece of music – collaboration at its best. The video below is a bit shakey – i had to improvise 😉 but watch how the three are continually watching each other – to quote one of the general observations from the evening “the non verbal communication amongst the collaborators was visible”.

atabrahams impromptu collaboration from Duncan Wilson on Vimeo.

Other highlights included:

re the cello “it’s a Banks probably made near here in 1750” i wonder which of todays tools we will be using in 2250

re workshops – can you be forced to collaborate or do have to want to collaborate?

re architect and designer – “the collaboration only involved about 4 hours of working together with each other” but then many hours of the teams working together towards the finished product

re can it be built – “not yes you can, but yes we can”

re the ego in the collaboration – the economist does not have signed articles it is a team effort by the editing staff.

and finally… a poem by Roger McGough for the egotistical collaborator

The Leader

I wanna be the leader

I wanna be the leader

Can I be the leader?

Can I? I can?

Promise? Promise?

Yippee I’m the leader

I’m the leader

OK what shall we do?

One comment on ‘collaborleaders’

  1. the metaphor of a group of musicians, improvising or playing from music, is one that may see a resurgence in the 21st century. in the 21st century we shall have to learn to share resources and ideas differently from the way we have tended to in the 20th century. the 20th century often promoted a winner-take-all, sometimes win-at-all costs, zeitgeist. whilst good for some in the short run, in the long term and in aggregate, this way of thinking and operating is very wasteful and hard to coordinate and give direction to.

    such thinking may well also run counter to the way our minds have evolved, particularly in regard to leadership, which can be positive when it helps us live better lives and fit in with the world, both natural and human. when leadership leads to strife and misery it is surely maladaptive.

    good leadership requires that people be willing to collaborate. it is hard to think of a better way to learn collaboration – and leadership – than in the context of learning to play music together.

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