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The "What's in It for Me Right Now?" Conundrum 

May 7, 2014 — By Heath Wickline

Barry Hessenius, in a blog post about what the arts field make of Larry Kramer’s recent call for diffuse reciprocity in collaboration among foundations:

The more we engage in meaningful collaborations, the greater the likelihood that an increasing number of them will succeed with widespread benefits; the more we send the message to everyone that this is something we value precisely because it yields across the board positive benefits for everyone - at least in the long run - the more of us are likely to at least try to say "yes" to invitations to collaborate - even if we have to carefully and judiciously pick and choose between numerous opportunities.  And as we get more into the 'habit' of collaboration, the easier it will be to incorporate it as a given in our strategies to move forward.