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Picturing Collaboration

Collaboration means to work together and working together often means sharing information.  Collaboration goes hand in hand with knowledge sharing, which implies relating information and experiences to others.

It is said (perhaps more often than not by Kodak) that a picture is worth a thousand words.  One way to share information and experiences is through photography.  Think of how many words are conveyed by each photo!

After my recent trip to Germany, where I picked up a new BMW at the factory and drove 2426 km in 5 days, hitting Austria, Germany, Hungary, and Italy, I wanted to share some of my favorite photographs from the trip with friends and colleagues.  But how?  No one (but the photographer) wants to look through hundreds of photos.  A far more reasonable number to share with people is a dozen or so.

The somewhat unconventional answer: a calendar.  And given that it's mid December, wouldn't a calendar be a useful present as well?

To create my calendar, I turned to Lulu.com.  Lulu is a leader in the print-on-demand book world, with over 40,000 titles in print.  The company was founded by Bob Young, who had previously co-founded Red Hat.  Lulu made publishing my calendar (in full color) simpler than creating an Excel spreadsheet.  

In fact, creating the calendar itself was the easy part; the hard part was going through 700+ photographs and choosing not only my favorites but ones which matched the season.  

Now for the shameless plug - you can see, and purchase if you deem it worthy, the Road Warrior 2006 calendar (click on "Preview this calendar") at http://www.lulu.com/content/198660.

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