A couple of weeks ago (9/26/19), in the midst of all the impeachment inquiry, there was a Congressional committee hearing on opportunities for increased civility and collaboration in Congress. There is no argument over the fact that in every human institution and endeavor, collaboration between and among parties is key. We use collaboration to build trust, confidence, and influence. In the Congressional hearing, George Mason University associate professor Jennifer Victor suggested that to fight polarization, the House can develop an internal Facebook-like platform to facilitate interactions.
Years ago, in graduate school, I learned something that has stayed with me since. People always talk about making compromises in life in order to forge ahead. When you compromise, both sides give up something in order to get most of what they want. However, when you collaborate, both sides only add to the final product making it a win-win for everyone involved.
YourKnow was created to bring people together to collaborate, cultivate minds, and to share. We have gone to great lengths to determine the ideal collaboration features necessary to facilitate healthy working groups. It is this mix of features that allow for civility and collaboration during public discourse and a desire to build something greater together than could be built alone. As a registered user or publisher, you have the ability to create new groups that are either public or private depending on how you plan to collaborate. From the landing page, click on the Collaborations menu item and then click on Create Group. Once your new group is created, invite other users who share your passion.
The other features within the Collaboration menu are:
- Group Membership – shows a list of all the groups that you are currently a member
- Search Groups – provides a full list of all created groups and there is a search tool to use
- Group Rules are the rules of engagement for either private or public groups