Hello Collaborators!

I’ve been hanging around this place called the Centre for Creative Collaboration for a couple of years now.  I think I’m just about getting the message: you can dig deeper, bigger (and depending on your definition, more interesting) holes in the sand if you do it with other people. Doh!

The two big projects I’ve worked on while here: Tuttle2Texas and Please Look After This Englishman have been looking at generating a new kind of narrative, blurring the distinctions between audience, funders and participants and presenting the results in a variety of formats and media.

I want to take this a bit further, applying the general methodology that I’ve aspired to follow:

  • come up with something interesting to do with interesting people;
  • blog about it as you go taking some direction from people on the internet;
  • create content in various media as you go;
  • present what happened in some summary form or forms (a play, a book, a film, an e-book etc.)

So far, I’ve defaulted to doing things myself, although I’ve had some great collaborators, my tendency has been to keep it small and only ask for help when it was really really needed.  Now I want to open them up much wider and make collaboration the norm. 

I’ve at least three projects that have been bumbling around in my brain for a while that I want to apply this to.  I want to get going on them, but I don’t want to do them just by myself.  So I’m going to write up briefs for all of them and then ask for volunteers to help in the following areas (there may be more!):

  • talking things through, open up hypotheses, react to the idea, tell us where it’s wrong, where it’s right, what you’d  do with it if you were able to give it time;
  • looking at the themes that emerge, identify new audiences, funding streams, participants and other interested parties; 
  • work on creating content, writing things up, shooting video, recording audio, taking pics, curating outside content relevant to the themes and writing about it on the blog;
  • editing and producing said content;
  • recruiting participants and building relationships with them;
  • designing and producing “end content” ie taking what we have and productizing it;
  • desiging ways of rewarding contributions in financial and other terms;
  • managing all the bits and bobs: documenting decisions, managing cashflows, keeping track of contributors and remuneration; and
  • reviewing and improving the process and overall methodology

My intention is to publish “Calls for Collaborators”  (an important principle is that collaborators needn’t necessarily be based in London or even the UK) and that we’ll refine this approach as we learn how it works.  In the meantime, your thoughts on all of this (ie your collaboration on the final bullet point of this last list) would be most welcome.  Talk to me, people.

Originally posted on Lloyd’s posterous