Unpacking collaboration and cooperation?

My colleague, Harold Jarche (the PKM guy), has maintained that cooperation is of more value than collaboration. And for good reason, because cooperation comes from internal motivation instead of external direction.  But this has bugged me, so I naturally tried to make a diagram that helps me think about it. So here’s a stab an unpacking collaboration and cooperation.

His argument, most convincingly can be summed up in this quote (I’ve simplified) he takes from Stephen Downes:

collaboration means ‘working together’. That’s why you see it in market economies…
cooperation means ’sharing’. That’s why you see it in networks…

That is, when you’re offering to work together without some recompense, it’s a higher order.  And I agree.

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