Why The Bonds That Exist Between You Are What Matter Most In Your Collaborative and Co-Creative Endeavours

Anna Margolis
3 min readOct 30, 2020

Now that we find ourselves living at a time in the world where more and more of us are either confined to our homes or encouraged to be at home;

Where our routines and commutes have been disrupted and working from home has become the norm;

Where medium or long term “job security” is no longer guaranteed or even necessarily desirable;

Where government money is often being provided to support and subsidize many of us in the face of all the disruption;

It makes sense that, rather than relying wholesale on the system into perpetuity, more and more of us are starting to explore the possibility of collaborating or co-creating around starting a business, a non-profit, or a land-based sustainable community with the partners, family members or room mates that we find ourselves in closer proximity with.

So let’s imagine that you and a small group of people that you care about, decide that together you want to pursue a vision, a cause or work on something that you really care about.

Whether that’s a business, a land based community, or a non-profit…..

What are the chances of that vision actually coming to life and being successful?

According to the statistics and to conventional modes of thinking, mixing family, friendship and business, is a recipe for disaster.

Because when you start to mix money and goals and business activity with the things that your heart is most connected to, it can all too easily create the conditions for an emotional tinderbox.

Because when you care deeply about something, and you’re investing all of your time, attention, energy and resources into it (and into the people you’re creating it with) the stakes are high, emotions will likely run hotter than usual, and when things don’t go as planned, people are more likely to get reactive.

Even just in light of the pressure that comes from trying to keep the resources flowing or the discomfort that comes from witnessing and experiencing how much money gets burned through in the continual failure of the endeavors (which is to be…

Anna Margolis

As a former lawyer, Anna merges material world memories, tales of transformation and embodied experience in articulating the future of collaboration