I'm reviving this because I've just been (October 2018) to the Human Networks Convergence meeting in Barcelona where I was myself talking over the issue of inter-network collaboration. And @patrick_andrews was there too (great to meet you! ). Has anyone here seen any significant / substantial / material progress in the last 20 months?
To address @alberto's last point, (hi! ) the potential I see is in co-ordination, not in merging of organisations. I'm keen to reopen this discussion on two levels: first, from the point of view of role differentiation, specialisation, efficiency (yes) and overall effectiveness; and second, specifically from the point of view of information systems. My personal intuition is that there is a very great deal that we could give to each other in terms of overall synergy, if we were more carefully to explore this, which is no more really than Principle 6 of the ICA co-operative principles — co-operation among co-operatives.
And to answer @alberto's direct question, yes, I agree (and so do my co-op partners) that collaboration is best focused around projects. My question is, how do we take the first step, and find the projects that we will collaborate on? My tentative answer, for the moment, is that we have dialogue across organisations, across networks, between those people who "get" the point of collaboration. This has a research aspect (Edgeryders) a governance aspect (Enspiral) and an entrepreneurial aspect (Ouishare), so it should be stimulating, if we can find the right participants.
One idea is that we could aim to bring together systems thinkers and developers in a systems stream at future events in the Human Networks Festival calendar.
Anyone like to collaborate on this?