All art is collaboration

2010-11-19 10:22

American rapper Nas once said in one of his songs that “there is no new idea under the sun, it’s not what you do but how it’s done”.

There have been many versions of this saying before but it says a lot about how we view and understand the birth of ideas.

Also, through time, it has been documented how certain concepts were born and developed by ­people totally divorced from each other at the same time – this doesn’t mean you should go out and steal the roots of others and pass them off as your own.

Fear of someone else taking ownership of some random, ­vaguely defined concept in your head often means that much of the ideas you have will never come to fruition. Most will fizzle and disappear until you see it take form somewhere else and ­remember that you had that thought once. That is alright.

We all have multiple talents and cannot do every single thing that crops up. We have to allocate our resources (ourselves, our time and our talents) according to what we deem of greater value with a ­higher chance of success.

There are those that you are passionate about. You spend time unpacking, brainstorming, and making notes in little notebooks that will end up in a box in the back of the garage (if you are like me). Down the line, you may end up lamenting your inability to get it off the ground. Something won’t give.

No matter how much you try, you just can’t seem to transition from idea to implementation.

We often hold our cards too close to our chests for fear of being left behind. And, as a result, we end up not doing anything.

There is a great power in ­collaboration – yes, a cliché, but two minds are really better than one.

As we become more and more ­self-centred, concerned about the “me” as opposed to the “we”, we drift away from those who can, tangibly, help you to achieve.

In the tech industry, there are many stories of developers and ­designers who collaborate – each one adding to the idea and ­ensuring that all aspects are ­covered.

I remember once reading of how Bill Gates used to have ­brainstorming sessions where he would have people from the ­different divisions in Microsoft throw ideas around, each one ­contributing to the overall ­collective from their area of
expertise. It happens all the time.

Imagine how your great ­innovation would look if you didn’t hold it so close to your chest.

»?Baffoe is the editor of Destiny Man

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