Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Collaboration-The Wisdom of Many

Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Collaboration-The Wisdom of Many

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Surowiecki (2004) suggested that groups of people often are smarter than the smartest individuals within the group. "There's no guarantee that groups will come up with smart solutions. What's striking is just how often they do," he said. Surowiecki indicated that there are four qualities that make a group smart:

Diversity-People bring different pieces of information and insight to the table. Through discussion or deliberation, the information and insights are expanded and built upon.

Decentralization-No one is at the top of a pyramid dictating the answers or solutions. People engage in analysis and sift through the options.

Summarizing-Pulling together the ideas and insights and building a summary takes into account each person's contribution.

Independent People-Group thought relies upon independent individuals who pay attention to their own information and don't worry about what those around them think about it. They are focused on the goal.

This issue focuses on collaboration and recognizes that AAFCS's core purpose is to "bring people together to improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities." We accomplish this purpose in the many ways we practice our profession.

In this issue, you will find information about service learning and the types of community/industry/campus partnerships that have evolved to strengthen secondary and undergraduate college programs. …

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