I love words, especially new words.
Some word sound like Venn diagrams.
I’d not heard of the word “collectivity”. Thinking I may have dreamt a new word, I Googled it. No such luck!
My first impression was collectivity sounded negative, sounding like the intersection(∩) of collecting & captivity.
Connect sprung to mind, but its “ivity” variation, Connectivity, sounds positive.
So what does collectivity mean? How collectible is an object? What is its propensity to be collected? That was my assumption. Who are the collectors, the captors? These questions popped into my head.
I was partly right. Here’s some definitions for collectivity.
1: the quality or state of being collective
2: a collective whole; especially: the people as a body
A collectivity is a group of people who think of themselves as belonging to an identifiable social unit (such as a political party). The difference between a group and a collectivity is that a collectivity does not have a regular pattern of interaction among members.
collectivity (countable and uncountable, plural collectivities)
(uncountable) The condition of being collective
(countable) A body of people considered as a whole
noun (plural) -ties
the quality or state of being collective
a collective whole or aggregate
people regarded as a whole
Interesting. We think of collecting as referring to things, but it also refers to collecting people.
If You Collect Something, Set it Free
The idea that to collect something you love you have to get it free really got me thinking. In the age of sharing, how can your collect and share at the same time? collecting has a notion of hoarding. Collecting and hoarding a closely connect, but also deeply divided – I explain this in my post “Do You Question Social Media Culture? You Should“.
What does of mean to set something free, digitally? An interesting question? I thought so.
Setting something free is another form of sharing. It’s letting stuff out and letting stuff in. That got me thinking. What does it really mean to collect?
Here’s 9 lenses to help you reappraise how we view collecting in a social, collaborative world.
1 Collect - Inbound
Lists are a great way to gather feedback. Share your ideas and let people contribute. Let people discover you and contribute.
2 Collect - Outbound
Search for content and ideas. Add and curate them onto your lists
3 Collect - Together
Finding others with like minds. Connect with people who share your passion.
4 Collect - Ranking
Give order to ideas. Let people vote
5 Collect - Learning
Learn what other people like and what they see is missing.
6 Collect - Storytelling
Every collection has a backstory. There's always a reason.
7 Collect - Organize
Search, tag and categorize your list, which adds to the experience for anyone who later consumes your content.
8 Collect - Audit
Nothing can be culled and distilled if you first don't collect and audit.
We often approach collecting with a solo-mindset. In my experience that’s a mistake and an oversight. Collecting is collaborative. Collecting is community.
If only I’d known about the meaning of Collectivity.
Had you heard of collectivity? Did you know about it’s meaning as a group?
What’s even more interesting I believe Collectivity is derived from the French word Collectivité, which means Community.
This all makes so much sense.
Which brings me back full circle.
I love words.