Collaboration – (noun) – from Latin com and laborare meaning with, or jointly, to labor. From Merriam-Webster Online, collaboration means “to work jointly with others or together especially in an intellectual endeavor.”
Ideally, the creation of La Flog will encourage collaboration as a one-stop shop user-generated forum. The principle pieces would be a calendar, LSSA meeting notes and agendas, and individual’s thoughts and opinions. Each piece would bring together the La Follette community into closer contact, to work jointly.
- The La Follette calendar – which can include more student events – allows for both informal and formal communication: happy-hours and movie gatherings in addition to faculty lectures and talks, student organized roundtables, LSSA meetings, and other academic, collaborative, activities.
- The LSSA section would provide a convenient space for the LSSA Secretary to post agendas and meeting notes for easy access. This would also begin a library and archive for future students.
- Finally, and most importantly, the blogging piece. Users – students and, ideally, faculty and alumni) would be participating in dialogue all on one site. The simple tools of blogs (tags, categories, search features) will be able to link posts and comments together. Organic discussion will grow based on the interests of those posting.
This is the ideal model – where each user can update their segment of La Flog on their interests. Including everyone (anyone who is interested), discussion topics will be diverse, gaining value and exposure.
We can achieve Collaboration, embarking on “an intellectual endeavor” and enhancing our writing, thinking, debating, and pursuing effective policy. Each new individual joining these efforts will add more and more. Small contributions – especially from new perspectives – will grow and become, perhaps, a successful policy blog.