Stephen Downes is on now, wondering how Plato could be delivered with SMS. He's defined his theme, Collaboration, as "the joining up of things that do not naturally want to be joined up" - there are papers on the joining up of researchers, institutions, cultures.
He identifies 6 basic approaches to making collaboration happen that appear across the papers - looking at strategies "the common vision approach", integrating "the common systems approach", models "the common picture approach", using specifications, taxonomies or curricula "the common language approach" - aka the miracle happens approach, "the common stories/histories approach", and "the common environment approach".
Now he's questioning the whole enterprise of collaboration.
Theories on collaboration:
1.They would join - but they are being prevented from joining
2. They would join, if only they were more similar
3. They are already joined - the anti-theory or the network theory.
Stephen is telling the audience that he's not a natural collaborator, and not promising to be converted over the next couple of days.