The future of Collaboration

The current workplace system consists of a bunch of people working together in an office to complete a specific project. However I think that this process will change quite quickly with the advent of social media and technology. The new social media and technology is shrinking the world. It allows me to collaborate with someone halfway across the world and be as effective and efficient as working with someone who works in the same office as I do. We can video chat, share documents, use the cloud, all of these things allow us to share information and work in ways that were impossible before.

The shrinking world will eliminate a lot of the bad businesses and firms that exist. Thus, collaboration will occur between business and client from great lengths. The idea of a “virtual team” will be critical to almost anyone a part of the workforce in the near future. People will need to be more efficient and have a higher quality finished product if they want to be successful. The ability to adapt will be the biggest skill for any future worker. When collaborating with other people it will be imperative to grow with the field, whatever it may be, and be able to work with anyone around the world. The virtual team concept is expounded upon by Michael Watkins, he talks about the need for balance between reliance on technology in relation to legitimate face to face communication. I find Watkins argument on this to be faulty. I think that this style of collaboration will save businesses so much money that they will be unwilling to invest the proper funds to make their virtual team meet in person to get a feel for each other. I think that it is much more likely that this initial meeting will turn into a meeting on Skype or a similar network and each member will dedicate an hour or so to get know each other and assign roles to complete the task.

Getty Images            Technological breakthroughs will without a doubt determine the future of collaboration. The more networks we have available to us the more we get to broadcast our thoughts and ideas. This is crucial to the idea of collaboration. The more people we have that can comment and provide juxtaposition to our original idea the more we are forced to think about our ideas. The more we think about our ideas, the more educated and intelligent we become. This concept alone will strengthen collaboration. Mike Schnaffner says that, “Collaboration technology can also be a vehicle for people to put forward their opinions and allow others to comment and discuss the merits of someone’s positions.” The idea of two brains being better than one can be expanded to 5 brains is better than one. Or even 100 brains is better than one. The more brains you have present the stronger and more confident your idea can become.

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The future of Collaboration

Technology in Art Prize


One of the cool parts about being a Freshmen in college is getting the chance to experience a new city. Seeing the sights. Smelling the smells. Thrusting myself into the Grand Rapids area has been my favorite part of college so far. One of the biggest events in Grand Rapids is Art Prize. There were over 1,500 different pieces of art submitted this year, ranging from sculptures and sketches, from 2-D and 3-D, all kinds of art is represented here and it’s a great display for the city. As I walked around it was so cool to see people from every kind of group; ethnically, culturally, and socioeconomically. states that people from every age group go to art prize. Old and young, men and women, it was all there. Events like this bring people together.

According to one of the best ways to enjoy Art Prize is to be proactive and participate in the voting process. The winner of art prize will earn 2 grand and the satisfaction of a job well done. When you go to Art Prize you can have a say about who wins the cash prize. Art Prize uses current technology to vote, either snapping a vote or texting in the code of your favorite piece of art. All these things allow for a very interactive visit for people who visit Art Prize.

The addition of technology allows the voting to be quick, easy, and convenient. Let’s say for example, that to vote you had to find a voting station and cast a paper ballot. There would be long lines, which would take away from the time I would have to look around and experience the city, and I would be significantly less likely to vote. According to the official Art Prize blog, one of the aspects that sets art prize apart from other art festivals is the public vote. The inclusion of technology is absolutely pivotal to this idea. It makes the festival seem chic and savvy. Art Prize is considered a cool and stylish thing to do for young people because they incorporate more than just this one aspect of technology, but because they effectively incorporate social media as well. Some pieces would have hashtags in their descriptions, allowing people to talk about their art on Twitter. Art Prize was trending on twitter the entire time I was there.

The mixture of all of these things makes Art Prize a celebration of grandeur. It defines Grand Rapids for an entire month, populates and cultures a city, and generates legitimate excitement in the surrounding area.

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Technology in Art Prize