“You get a lot further with honey than you do with vinegar”
That quote is about people and what we say, but I see it all as collaboration. (I especially like the idea that we can use inanimate objects in what we do.)
We went to an event recently at the Magic Theater in San Francisco where they announced a collaboration with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. It’s a David and Goliath thing, but that’s the whole point. One of my favorite playwrights is the artist in residence at OSF and so he is involved in the collaboration. A long time ago, I did a post called It Takes A Village which was about all the people involved in any stroke survivor’s journey. So now (years later), I see how everything is/can be involved!
Along with Pilates, I’m doing Physical Therapy at home. Both of the women who are my facilitators are fabulous. We have a big leather chair in the TV room. Both of them have given me exercises to do with that chair. I am a huge advocate of current technology and making use of it. I see it as a way of making things more accessible. Most people have iPads these days. They are affordable, so people who have had strokes can buy one and make use of the apps and the internet using the iPad. A couple of years ago, we saw a software vendor who had a demonstration of a software application for the iPad that they were developing for ambulance drivers. Using the gyroscopes in the iPad they could ask a person to hold the iPad with their right hand then their left hand to determine if they were having a stroke and the effects on strength and forward the results directly to the hospital where they were going. I like that because we can be subjective about something. We usually have our opinions (I do) and this objectifies the activity. So we may call it creativity, teamwork or collaboration, but it’s phenomenal what can be done. It’s about doing it together!
There is a great commercial for GoldieBlox Toys (it’s an Upworthy video on the Super Bowl ad) and I totally see that as collaboration. Individually what we have is not much, but collectively it’s huge! I love what they are doing. There’s also the Dignity Health Human Kindness commercial on surfing. Both of these are great examples of what we can do with collaboration (and duct tape).
I am a fan of the TV show American Idol. This season I am particularly interested in the judging. There are three judges and one is very focused on the marketing aspects of the person (can they sell albums), another is focused on the talent (can this person perform) and the third judge is a combination of marketing and talent focus. That’s great collaboration as far as I’m concerned! I am also a fan of the TV show White Collar. It’s a show set in New York City. One of the things that I consider collaboration and a reason I like to watch the show is that they use NYC as a character of the show. The setting is as important as any person (and that’s a huge piece)!
People have asked me about these posts. It takes me a while to think about them and a couple of days to type them in. Before I do a post, I send a copy to Matt to check . He does say frequently …. after all, I am the nice one. It’s from a movie. I think he’s right! I figure these notes should have the sound of nice. Life is difficult enough. (See, honey!)