New York Hall of Science director Margaret Honey says, ‘We have a strict process for selecting the collaborators we’re working with – it’s called falling in love. If we’re amazed with someone we’re much more likely to hire someone.’
Whatever else, a collaborative relationship cannot sustain itself all the way through a complex and demanding project without a basis of mutual respect, appreciation for each other’s work, and enjoyment of each other’s company.
Collaborations also require strong leadership to shape and facilitate the collaborative process, a sense of curiosity and excitement to find reward in those moments of discovery, and a willingness on all sides to compromise. In many ways, compromise is the lifeblood of collaboration.