What is the True Essence of Collaboration in our Changing World?
September 3, 2016
We are living in a hyper-connected world, where young people are extremely connected to each other regardless of what part of the world they are. These young people are connected like they were in the same room. But are we actually connected?
The opportunity of being here tonight at this Tedx Talk could be a powerful example of connection and collaboration, but again in this room are you feeling connected with the one that sits next to you? “Take this, for instance, thanks to technology I was able to connect with a young girl here in Japan named Amber despite the fact that we both live halfway across the world!” Here in Japan, in a rather small island called Haiti Collaborations have never been easier. We have the opportunity to connect with anyone around the world at the speed of light and yet…
“How often are we connecting with different cultures? Indeed, contributing to the world with these type of powerful relationships? Have you? It is really important to point out the fact that the most important thing in this developing relationship between me, Ms. Amber, and the rest of the team of this organization was: “CONNECTION” this is a crucial step when we are collaborating with people. However, the question remains even with all the technology we have, and regardless how the internet facilitate our communication, are we really connected? The better connection allows better collaboration, and better collaboration allows nothing but great result.
In 2007 I was then a Student at PUCMM when I met another student, Arianna Morales that will change my life and my view on how collaboration can be effective in our changing world forever. She was attending an interchange program at the University, She and some friends wanted to visit Haiti. I only know that because we went through the first step of collaboration we were connected. From that day we have built great working relations that give birth to my First Company “HaiTour” which will later become Haiti Tourism Incorporated. Young Japanese have contributed a lot to our world, Japan plays a crucial role in the digital revolution since the 1970s, with many revolutionary and widespread technologies in the fields of electronics and robotics being introduced by Japanese companies and entrepreneurs. If we take for instance Anime and Film, A stock character was originated with Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo (1961), where the archetype was first portrayed by Toshirō Mifune. The model was adapted by Sergio Leone for his Spaghetti Western Dollars Trilogy (1964-1966), with Clint Eastwood playing the role of the “Man with No Name.” It is now a familiar archetype in Samurai films and Western films as well as other genres. Just imagine how what young Japanese are doing today can influence the rest of the world, including Haiti. Collaboration is running our world, and it is running the show.
Collaborators running the show
The new role of knowledge workers will be very similar to intrapreneurship. A great example is Adobe, the software company; they have reinvented themselves repeatedly and are now trying to reach innovation quicker via Adobe Kickbox. The Kickbox contains a $1,000 credit card, an inspiration booklet and a description of the innovation process. Every collaborator is free to use that $1,000 to develop something new. The only condition set by Adobe is that developments which may be relevant for the company are also shared with the company. So far, 400 collaborator projects have been shared. They will probably not all turn into something successful, but Adobe is convinced that the chance of ‘the next big thing’ being one of them is larger than the two projects R&D is working on. What Adobe is doing, is not just a story of trust and giving autonomy, but also giving a chance of failure. Collaboration comes third in the survival characteristics list. A company’s capacity of internal and external collaboration determines its chance of success to a major extent.
There are three conditions for reaching successful collaborating. The first is that it needs to be 360°, which implies collaborating with consumers, collaborators and other stakeholders. That is how you reach new insights which will not be obtained in any other way. Second, the collaboration needs to happen all the time, anywhere. You rarely hear people say their best insights came to them in the office or during a brainstorm session. The best ideas occur in the shower or the car. And third: fail faster & better. In other words: invest your time wisely. At Google, they have banned the word prototyping. Google refers to prototyping because even making prototypes takes too much time and is too expensive. KLM-Air France is following suit: e-commerce team collaborators are no longer to make PowerPoint presentations. Those who have a new idea develop it, test it, share it with the target groups, and if they are still convinced that it has potential, then they make a 2-slide report which can be presented in 20 minutes max to obtain great result.
We should understand by now, collaboration and the way people are using it are the new way to have things to be done. And it is not an exception in the Case of the youth of Haiti and the rest of the world of the world.
Probably most of you have never heard about Haiti; I think I should take this opportunity to tell you a little bit about it. This little island is situated in North America, not The USA, but the Continent of North America, along with Mexico, USA, the Dominican Republic with, which we share our Island, Jamaica, etc. Haiti is the First Black Independent country in the Western hemisphere, the first Black country to take its independence from French Colons. But the history of Haiti did not start with Slavery. It has been a peaceful country with King, Queens, princess and Prince, Scientist that invented their way of living. To make a long story short; the freedom of Haiti was not automatically recognized by its oppressors, and that including the French, the American Government, Spanish Kingdom, etc. It was difficult to do business with other countries because it was a big blow for Countries that were promoting Slavery as an economic machine. The freedom of Haiti represented something that can forever abolish slavery not only in North America, but as well in South America where Haitians send their Army to help other countries, as a result countries like Venezuela or Dominican Become free, but since then history has been twisted to make Haitians and Haiti look as bad as possible. And the result of this campaign of denigration is obvious today, if you go to GOOGLE and type “Haiti” most, you will see political instability, children in the street, hunger, etc.
Then something Happened in 2007 when we start collaborating with young people from all over the world, with the “EDUCATE THE WORLD HAITI HAITI CAMPAIGN” by the way the first group of people we have collaborated with was the Japanese our first trip outside of Haiti and the United States where we have offices. Since then We have extended our collaboration with people from France, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, The USA, Canada, and in the Caribbean in countries like Guyana, Dominican Republic. And most importantly we have collaborated with Haiti Minister of Tourism office and different Haitian consulate all over the world
Opportunity in Haiti
Haiti is a growing market with a lot of potentials; it is a new tourism destination that the same natural potential with other countries in the Caribbean. We still have a lot to learn, and I believe the rest of the world has a learn to learn from young Haitians, and its potential leaders. I might not have not too much time to explain it all to you since my presentation will only last for 15 minutes, But I hope with the information I just provide you will be able to do your research, and discover for yourself the many ways you can collaborate with other young Haitians for a common result that will benefit not only for you but also for them.
It is no surprise that the world is changing, it can be for the better or the worst, it all depends on you guys, you are the future, you have a lot to offer to this world and your accomplishment will always make a difference. In College, I took a special course on Asia with the focus on Japan. I have fallen in love with this country, this is why I decided to come here and experience four years ago, and this experience was worth it because I have learned something more, I have seen something more while I was here. I was by myself I knew absolutely nobody. I was afraid giving the fact I live in a country where the culture of relationship between people were a little bit different. But people help me in the street they had no difficulty to people who look like me. Then I discover, we have a lot in common, and since these little type of collaboration allowed me to have the time of my life all by myself. I believe greater collaboration can be an essential way to connect the youth of Haiti to the youth of Japan.