Design for inclusivity: Meaningful collaboration with differences

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Mechanisms and Machine Science, 2013, 14 pp. 1 - 16
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© 2013, Springer International Publishing Switzerland. The ubiquitous availability of the internet for global networking has made collaborating by differences necessary. This is challenging because of the human history of tribal organizations. In this paper we draw from our 45 years of personal and professional journey together to elicit the skills that have helped us to successfully engage across racial, cultural, and academic differences. It required designing new rules of social and academic engagement that changed how we related with the “other”. We rely on these techniques daily to inform us on how to facilitate collaboration in any situation capitalizing on the diversity of thought, body, experience, belief, and/or training while focusing on the similarity of our journey.
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