A key to increasing the value of creativity in our communities is finding common ground between normally unconnected groups so new collaborations can ﬂourish. We can all help promote collaboration by becoming good listeners and better communicators. Remembering that we are not all alike, that we have different ways of processing information, thinking and feeling, can help us find common ground and common goals.
AIR programs encourage us all to reach beyond our existing networks and discover that we have more in common than we realize. Most of us will find that we are not just an artist or a businessperson. We have traits, strengths, and weaknesses that make us unique. But, more importantly, our differences and similarities can be very complementary. We are better together.