I have many friends who work towards a vision of making the world a better place for all. I view all of their projects as working towards a shared vision. Even if some visions are more specific, some are more abstract (specific words to describe a vision change based on progress and often seeing a commonality depends on one's imagination and a set of values, i.e. willigness to collaborate).
I often observe that my friends projects are great at some parts - some are great at technology, some at communication and design, some at networking, fundraising or business models. But only together these projects would create something valuable for all.
What is true cooperation?
Doing together. Not always everyone does an equal part (of the amount of time or quality), because some people are better at doing the ground work, while others - at bringing in resources etc. The level of experience differs. Timing plays a role too, some work needs to happen before others jumps in. I think that's how it is. Intention to "just add some ingredient to the soup" is the most important.
Self-motivated parts. Holocracy is an interesting management model, where all parts are self-motivated to create a whole that's more than parts. Figuring one's personal motivation and a project's vision brings in clarity, before co-operation with others starts.
Clear communication, even with different tools. I notice how some of my friends love text, others - drawings, code or audios. That means, some can explain very clearly typing the words, while others just sketch the concept or send an audio recording (unable to type the text or to sketch). Noticing the differences between people, so that we connect to do together is important. Sometimes that means translating someone's text into a visual or typing the audio into text, so that everyone is more on the same page.
Possible steps for True Cooperation?
Being visible - showcasing each others projects to one another
Being transparent - sharing about Challenges and Needs they have, so that others can help out
Being flexible - welcoming the help and adjusting one's actions to move together
Curious, what do you think about Co-Operation, how does it happen and why it doesn't happen?