Collaboration is a popular educational buzzword. Collaboration is two or more people, organizations, or groups, working on a common goal or towards a common purpose. Collaborating with others is important for five reasons:
"In today’s wired, networked society it is imperative that students understand how to communicate using technology. This includes asynchronous and synchronous communication" -21st Century Workforce Commission National Alliance of Business
"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work...a cord of three strands is not quickly broken." -The Bible
The best recent illustration of the power of collaboration to accomplish a seemingly impossible task is the Human Genome Project.
The emphasis on collaboration and teamwork is one of the distinguishing elements of the corporate culture at Google. They even went to the length of helping their employees collaborate while biking between offices. No, this is not a joke!