I continue to send out a clarion call for problem solving rather than power tripping; for putting our heads together rather than banging heads; for good-faith collaboration among all merited individuals on any given topic, rather than clever, cunning subversion of the other guy’s efforts.
“You’re just a dreamer,” the pessimists cry. “Our system is built on competition, not collaboration,” the realists argue.
And yet, all over the world, people get together and solve problems every day. In many cases, everyone wins.
One example from 2004:
“Cellular Companies Agree On Multimedia Messaging Standards
“The nation’s cellular companies have agreed on a common standard for multimedia messaging that should enable mobile phone users to exchange photos, video and audio clips just as they do e-mail, regardless of their wireless carrier.
“The technical standards, announced this week, were developed by an industry group…
“[Until now] the lack of interoperability [was] seen as a key stumbling block toward wider usage of each individual carrier’s multimedia offerings — and increased wireless data revenues for the companies. …
“The impact of interoperability was immediate when a common standard was adopted for wireless text messages, better known as short messaging services, or SMS.
“In less than a year after SMS became interoperable in Australia, monthly usage jumped from about 50 messages per user to 500, according to the research firm Strategy Analytics. In Britain, usage rose from about 50 SMS messages a month to 180 in just six months.” 
I know there are many other pieces to consider. Agreeing on design criteria. Loss of prior investment. Knowing when to compete and when to collaborate. Agreeing on what is needed or useful in the first place. Freedom of the individual to express his/her own creativity. Unearthing of the best practices, when at times the best creator is not necessarily the most vocal or the best marketer.
As much as I would like to call for simplicity, I can see the complexity of things. And yet, if each individual could bring more heart into each moment, we might find things gelling more easily. The mind tends to quantify, to separate, to segment, to debate. The heart tends to unify, to melt, to know synergy, to love.
As Elton John put it, “Before you give your love, there’s nothin’ more that we can do.”
 Article Cite, as of Apr 4, 2011.