Looking through Fast Company I came across an article by Jeff Goins, the author of The Art of Work. In it he talks about creativity being all about connecting with other people, even if we don’t realize it.
These connections invariably lead to collaboration with other like-minded people—and this is something we don't talk about nearly enough.
Any fool can make a point. The truly creative person makes a connection.
The idea of the lone artist slogging away at his or her craft in total isolation is a myth—it always has been. Even reclusive artists like Emily Dickinson communicated regularly with at least one other person.
Most creative work, the scholar Michael Farrell has argued, happens as a result of collaboration. Most of history's key scientific, artistic, and entrepreneurial breakthroughs can be credited to small groups that spurred each other on in their work—Farrell calls these "collaborative circles."
Many collaborative circles, Farrell writes, are formed as an act of rebellion against the current status quo. Creative work is always testing the boundaries of what's come before, and rebellion is an important part of that process.
So let’s rebel a little and collaborate more. Particularly as now there are new innovative ways that people can collaborate together to solve problems quicker, better and more cost effectively than ever before.