You may have heard the expression that "two heads are better than one". When it comes to problem-solving of all kinds, that is often the truth. Why? It's all about perspective. We each come to address questions from our own viewpoints. To arrive at a well-considered answer, however, it is generally a good idea to reflect on the puzzle at hand from a variety of viewpoints.
The world is getting smaller, and it is essential to apply a global perspective in our efforts to solve many of our current challenges. Collaboration -- working with others -- allows us to see issues through multiple lenses. This way of working may be new to you. You can start in small, local ways and build up to true, global collaborations.
With the availability of so many Web 2.0 tools (and most of those are free), collaboration has never been easier! I hope in this new school year that we can all try to use some of these resources in our effort to look at various issues in more global ways.
I welcome discussing some of the options with you. Please come to chat with me and/or respond to this post with one of your own.