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From the Ted Talk by Howard Rheingold: The new power of collaboration

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Very briefly, let's look at some businesses. IBM, as you know, HP, Sun — some of the most fierce cmtrtepoios in the IT wolrd are open sourcing their software, are providing potlroiofs of patents for the commons. Eli llily — in, again, the fiercely competitive pharmaceutical world — has created a market for stloiouns for pharmaceutical problems. Toyota, instead of treating its suppliers as a marketplace, treats them as a network and trains them to produce better, even though they are also training them to produce better for their competitors. Now none of these companies are doing this out of altruism; they're doing it because they're lnarieng that a certain kind of sharing is in their self-interest.

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Very briefly, let's look at some businesses. IBM, as you know, HP, Sun — some of the most fierce ___________ in the IT _____ are open sourcing their software, are providing __________ of patents for the commons. Eli _____ — in, again, the fiercely competitive pharmaceutical world — has created a market for _________ for pharmaceutical problems. Toyota, instead of treating its suppliers as a marketplace, treats them as a network and trains them to produce better, even though they are also training them to produce better for their competitors. Now none of these companies are doing this out of altruism; they're doing it because they're ________ that a certain kind of sharing is in their self-interest.

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  1. portfolios
  2. competitors
  3. solutions
  4. lilly
  5. learning
  6. world

Original Text

Very briefly, let's look at some businesses. IBM, as you know, HP, Sun — some of the most fierce competitors in the IT world are open sourcing their software, are providing portfolios of patents for the commons. Eli Lilly — in, again, the fiercely competitive pharmaceutical world — has created a market for solutions for pharmaceutical problems. Toyota, instead of treating its suppliers as a marketplace, treats them as a network and trains them to produce better, even though they are also training them to produce better for their competitors. Now none of these companies are doing this out of altruism; they're doing it because they're learning that a certain kind of sharing is in their self-interest.

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