January 2009 -While the end of December usually provides a brief moment for a retrospective of the past year, the beginning of January always manages to usher in additional time for a more contemplative deliberation of our hopes and aspirations for the upcoming year. This year is no different. Most hope that current world affairs will improve with the installation of new political leaders; that the global economy will recover quicker than financial experts predict; and efforts to improve the environment will not be supplanted by issues now deemed more important in the short term.But where does technology fit into the grand design of things? While at risk of re-flogging the concept of collaboration empowered by technology, it is producing results far greater than imagined. U.S. politics was witness to the power of collaboration through the widely recognized role it played in shaping political messaging and fundraising efforts during the Presidential race. The Premier of Ontario was forced to shelve proposed driving laws when over 120,000 people joined a social networking site to rally against the changes. The Premier is now even contemplating giving back government employee access to social networking sites in the hopes of proactively engaging youth in the legislative process.Collective collaboration promises to make it increasingly harder for the proverbial wool to be pulled over people eyes, while at the same time empowering people to work globally on issues of common concern and interest. Already, the annals of modern day business, R&D, and social justice are quickly filling with examples of collaboration’s true clout. So as opposed to making cheesy predictions for the upcoming year, I’m content to continue presenting ideas/thoughts while working with the collaborative community to see what’s feasible, what can be improved, modified, mashed, or even canned. All the best for 2009.