As a solo entrepreneur, partnership, corporation, LLP, or LLC collaborating, learning and creating with one another facilitates business success, particularly when engaging with the same audience. Gaining industry recognition and networking are fundamental components of becoming an expert in a field. This requires being willing to reach out to your audience but also people that may seem like the "competition". These connections become strategic alliances.
Technology is ever changing, the communities that develop tech collaborate to become innovative and find reward in collectively achieving success within multiple projects. This innovation generates creations that go beyond local backyards but instead transcend through the viral world of information. It is the age of open source software and content (www.blender.org, www.github.org, https://liquidspace.com/Terms/DASH-License, www.wordpress.org). It is campaigns that promote free learning for everyone, forever, check out www.khanacademy.org. It is a time when humans crave engagement and creation so much that they spend hours making, liking and sharing cat videos and funny memes on social media.
It is essential for humanity to take hold of their use of technology and control the input it dominates in life. It requires inter-generational collaboration of industry life learning and technological learning. Although using technology for entertainment is fun and down right pleasurably distracting, the mind craves engagement that leads to self-betterment and advancement to feel purposeful and truly satisfied. That satisfaction comes from doing acts that positively affect surroundings and the future.
Unfortunately, the age of information is fraught with misinformation. Unverified sources, studies that are bought for corporate benefit and biased information is readily shared among tribal audiences that are not necessarily cooperative collaborative communities of diverse learning. Everyone has a voice and a drum to beat, it is possible to beat our drums and lead bands of diverse scholarly information in harmony and still be profitable without scaling back our integrity.
Creators, people who have something to teach and share, need to take ownership of their intellectual property. The internet business market is not just for marketers and people who sell tangible products. It is also for people who provide educational services. There are multiple forums that educators can use to share their information, like www.academia.edu, www.udemy.com, youtube, personal websites, blogs and Amazon e-books, just to name a few. The caveat is the ability to make money when sharing educational creations. Academia allows educators to upload their content for free and it is shared freely. Udemy gives creators the option to charge for their courses or offer them for free; Youtube, websites, blogs are profitable with ads attached and a self-published Amazon book price is controlled by the creator. The more creators share their intellectual property the more likely they are to become recognized experts in their field of interest. This recognition is best propelled by collaborating with others in the same field.
The collaboration of field experts brings a system of checks and balances in information and professional credibility. But is collaboration enough to stop viral mass information and identity theft? How do we know who to begin collaborating with and what is the standard of citation and study when creating information that can potentially be shared on a mass scale?
These are all questions that creators have the power to answer together and hold each other accountable. There are codes of conduct, professional ethics boards and a multitude of precedent for creators to self-regulate in different fields. It is up to us to take hold of our public professional personas, own our intellectual property and collaborate with one another to positively create for global prosperity using tech, industry expertise, and creative shared spaces. Join Collaborative Creators to take hold of your online persona, have us evaluate your creations so we can grow your community together and assert your expertise with us.
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What do you think helps spark creation for positive benefit?