Collaboration is the future.
GWAP happens to be using collaboration to help computers learn stuff and is described as (Wired UK 08/11 p32);
Gwap n. An online game where players contribute to the solution of a large-scale problem by completing tasks.
The website states that when you play a game at Gwap, you aren’t just having fun. You’re helping the world become a better place. By playing our games, you’re training computers to solve problems for humans all over the world.
Having read a bit further, this is a pretty big claim considering the databases they are working with (image tagging etc) but my opening sentance still holds true. The more people (particularly creative people) I speak to, the more I hear the words; partnership, collaboration and cooperation.
Wouldn’t it be good if churches, para-church organisations and people who have left those groups out of frustration could finally come together and work towards a common goal? I believe digital media has given us a better chance than ever before to TRY and make a concerted effort towards collaborative thinking. We have the tools, let’s make it happen.
Questions to ask yourself
- what does Gwap teach us about how we learn and how we use technology?
- what does it look like for us to collaborate?
- what projects have we done that show it works better to collaborate?
- what digital media is helping us to have the conversations that matter?
- what technology is helping us to work together at a distance?