Ethical Collaboration for Communities

Ethical Collaboration for Communities

Ethical Collaboration is the hallmark of a vibrant, collaborative ecosystem for startup companies, inventors, entrepreneurs, as well as their advisors and mentors.

Ethical Collaboration can be implemented in several scenarios, each of which has an Ethical Collaboration product line.

Ethical Collaboration helps your community by:

  • Establishing a culture of sharing and collaboration.
  • Onboarding new members in the culture.
  • Dispute resolution process provided by a neutral third party (IP.Education, Inc.) that avoids going to court and does not get the community leaders involved.

Ethical Collaboration is an essential part of a Meetup’s culture and can be part of a formal code of ethics.

Advisors or mentors may be anyone in the group that is willing to help someone else in the community.  They can be service providers, such as CPAs, lawyers, coaches, and marketing specialists, as well as experienced entrepreneurs or other professionals who wish to be part of the community.

Generally, a smaller business is more flexible, while larger businesses, or those with wider ownership or more formal structures, will usually tend to be organized as corporations or (less often) partnerships.

Makerspaces are hives of innovation, with members helping members on many different projects.

Each member brings enthusiasm for their projects, but also a willingness to teach others.  Many entrepreneurs start out in makerspaces, building their minimum viable products, experimenting with their prototypes, and sometimes doing their initial production.

These entrepreneurs take advantage of mentorship and experience, and need protection for their interactions.

Accelerators are the very definition of “institutionalized collaboration.”  Companies are put together for the very purpose of collaboration, then given professional mentors and advisors.

This was the genesis of the Ethical Collaboration Agreement – solving the very problems that accelerators and incubators create in the IP space.