I met Jon Ramer recently at the Planetwork Conference. I introduced myself because I was impressed with his paper on Weaving Our Strategies Together (PDF), which develops a systems perspective on the issue of how organizations partner with each other. I have enormous concerns about the costs of collaboration and how they serve to isolate organizations from valuable connections and coordination. Ramer and his co-author Greg Steltenpohl move that conversation forward by looking at the social protocols of partnership formation
Excellent paper. Note Jon's connection with Michael Herman and the Open Space Giving Conference group.