One of my favorite quotes is the following: 'If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.' Too often I find that the projects I'm interested in participating in suffer one of two fates: They either are too disorganized to ever get off the ground and never last longer than the initial phase of excitement, or they are too structured to be enjoyable, and the 'bossiness' of the organizers kills all motivation to participate. Is there something unique and useful that anarchism can bring to the concept of 'collaboration'?
A lot of the anarchists I know are interested in working on projects that require the efforts of many people. What can that look like other than the typical models of leftist organizing? How can we build things together in ways that do not duplicate patterns of oppression and burnout?
Additionally, does collaboration need to be face-to-face in order to be meaningful? In fact, to what extent is collaboration with others even necessary to accomplish our goals? How much can we accomplish by executing our own projects without the help of others?