As people use our ideas and begin to develop the work in their institutions, before long it kind of gravitates into: “Maybe the different organizations in town that have been using this should come together and build a collaborative.” And that really means getting out of the silos.

We talk about operating “above the silos.” I want to talk about the pros and cons, the things about silos that are really helpful, and then the idea of, “Well, how do we get involved and collaborate more successfully with one another?”

I’m using a book by Gillian Tett. She’s something of a hero of mine. She is the managing editor of The Financial Times in the U.S., and what really got me interested in her work was that she was one of the few people to actually predict the collapse of the housing industry back in 2008. She’s an economist, but earlier in her life she was an anthropologist.

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