The Collaboration Economy by Moe Abdou

On July 30, 2012 the world got a glimpse of just how sick its planet really is.  On that blistering summer day, nearly 10% of the world's population, or 670 million people lost electricity along the northern corridor of India.  This was the largest power outage in recorded history, and over the course of a few days, it exposed all of us to just how vulnerable planet earth is to possible collapse. 

Prior to that horrific week, I was a confident and conscious citizens doing my part to support our local farmers, to make recycling a top priority and to relentlessly monitor my family's energy consumption; yet I hardly considered the possibility of a world without electricity.  This was an epic failure, and while we may never know the precise causes, it's clear that infrastructure inadequacy and underinvestment were the big contributors.  Luckily life was back to normal within a few days, but for the rest of us it's time to imagine living without power for even a single day. 

In his book, The Collaboration EconomyEric Lowitt clearly demonstrates that the only way forward  is for business, political and societal leaders to re-imagine how to add value together - it starts with defining the problem.

Further Reading
  • Michael Serbinis: What I've Learned — Visionary Entrepreneur, investor and CEO and Founder of the new healthcare startup, LEAGUE, Michael Serbinis shares what he learned building three disruptive startups, selling two of them and working with Kimbal and Elon Musk.
  • The Startup Glossary: Founders Share Their Go-To Learning Tools — Whether you mispronounced your boss’ name (It’s just Mike, not Mique) or were caught taking a selfie in the elevator, we all have our collection of embarrassing office moments. My most cringeworthy thus far happened when my dad asked our team to go around the table and share the resources we use to learn.
  • How Being Present Laid the Foundation for Rachel Blumenthal's Success — It’s become a running joke between my dad and me that I have a new best friend every day. The adage stems from the common practice I’ve adopted sprinting out of my interviews and exclaiming “I love them!” seconds after I hang up with our guests on Skype. Hosting 33founders is an enormous blessing for so many reasons.

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