Collaboration is working together to achieve shared goals. My critique group is a good example of this. Without them, I wouldn’t be published, obtained necessary resources, or recognition. Take a look at other examples of collaboration:
Music: Although relatively rare compared with collaboration in popular music, there have been some notable examples of music written in collaboration between classical composers. Bellini’s opera, I Puritani, was written and first performed in 1837. Two well-known contributors were Franz Liszt and Frederic Chopin. Musical collaboration also occurs when musicians in different places or groups work on the same album or song. Collaboration between musicians, especially jazz, is often considered the epitome of complex collaborative practice.
Art: In towns big and small all across the country, you see artists sharing space and administrative functions. Some of these galleries have programs in experimental theater, literary performance, new music, and sound art. Financial savings is a huge advantage because of their shared space. They share equipment such as phones and Internet services, coordinate mailings, and develop a sense of trust and respect for each other. These galleries have become a support system for problem-solving and practical help, and have changed the concept of art into something that can be engaged in by more than one artist.
Education: Collaboration in education brings knowledge and experience together by interacting toward a common goal in the best interest of students for their future success. Students achieve team building and communication skills and have the ability to practice real-world communication experiences. Schools and teachers benefit in a variety of ways when teachers work together, and there’s evidence that shows a positive relationship between teacher collaboration and student achievement. Unfortunately, our daughter had an unpleasant situation when she was a middle school special education teacher. She felt these kids were put into embarrassing situations by the principal.
Law enforcement: I discovered this while researching my next book: Global law enforcement collaboration netted the largest synthetic drug takedown. The Project Synergy enforcement operations in thirty-five states targeted the upper echelon of dangerous designer synthetic drug trafficking organizations, including retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers. The investigations uncovered a massive flow of drug-related proceeds to countries in the Middle East and seized more than 1,000 kilograms of synthetic drugs at express consignment facilities. The largest U.S. seizure of synthetic drugs, commonly marketed as herbal incense, bath salts, jewelry cleaner, or plant food, involved hundreds of law enforcement actions and nearly $15 million in cash and assets. It culminated last week with the collaboration of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and other U.S. and international law enforcement partners. These drugs pose significant public health risks.
Since 9/11, federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies have worked collaboratively to detect and prevent terrorism-related and other types of criminal activity. This represent a willingness to share information among agencies and across all levels of government, which allow each organization to retain its own information and, at the same time, make it available for others to search and retrieve. Some of the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services are: National Crime Information Center, Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS), and Uniform Crime Reporting Program.