Collaboration, the Hive Mind and Women

In a recent Read/Write/Web article called The Hive Mind Needs More Women, the author discusses the state of collaboration over the Internet and how the lack of women in the conversation is hurting collaborative efforts (Wikipedia and eBay were two examples given in the article). The author’s point is backed up by a recent study by MIT’s Center for Collective Intelligence that found that collaboration can be immediately improved by adding more women’s voices to the mix.
As librarianship is a field dominated by women, this reads to me as a call for us (men and women both, really) to get involved with collaborative efforts both within and outside of libraries. Our voices are important and necessary for the new “hive mind” of the Internet!


Comments are closed.