Welcome the New World: The Collaboration Economy

Welcome the New World: The Collaboration Economy

December 14, 2012

The inaugural IMPACT Leadership 21 Summit was launched in New York City on an auspicious day – 12/12/12.  The focus of the summit was “transforming women’s leadership in a hyper connected world.”

12/12/12  is a day of “energetic significance,” according to numerologist Stephanie Sterling. In an article in the HuffPost, she said that when all the numbers in the date are added up one by one — 1 + 2 + 1 + 2 + 2 + 0 + 1 + 2 — they equal 11, which is a very powerful number. “This is a game-changing day,” she told HuffPost. As a result, she predicts an end to the type of divisiveness that was seen during the last campaign and a new era of “problem-solving.”

One of the burning issues that came up for participants at the IMPACT Summit was a persistent fear of failure. If Sterling’s prediction is right and we are entering an era where divisiveness diminishes and problems can be solved, then  perhaps, we can stop worrying about failing. There’s no doubt that the recession aggravated our fears – fears about failing at our jobs or careers, failing our families and failing our own selves.

If 12/12/12 is to create a shift in the prevailing undercurrent of fear and uncertainty, I do not believe we can expect it to happen magically. We need to take action by changing the way we work together and creating  a ‘collaboration consciousness’. I believe that collaboration is the solution to most problems –be they the huge problems of nations or disagreements we have at work or at home.  When we start listening to each other, and offer mutual support, we can solve personal, work and political problems. We will also stop fearing failure.

Beginning 12/21/12 – another auspicious day – the day said by both the Hopi and Mayan elders to mark a transition from the old world to the new world, I declare the launch of a new economy – the Collaboration Economy. I challenge – and I hope you will join me by challenging – the US. Congress to lead the way.  I also challenge each of us to participate in this new economy by looking for ways to offer support to each other on the job, in the home and in our communities.  Take the time, to ask your friends, family, colleagues, and even strangers, what their purpose or vision is, and listen carefully.  Think about whom you know, who you can connect them to, and who may be able to help them achieve their purpose.  If we are all collaborating, connecting and supporting each other, then we can rid ourselves of this fear of failure and move forward with a new energetic economy. — —  Leslie Grossman, author “Link Out” (Wiley, February, 2013);  chief connections officer, Cojourneo