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Cooperative work basics


The story of Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody:  Be sure that someone does it!  

A team of students had four members called Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody.

There was an important job to be done.

Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.

Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.

Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody's job.

Everybody thought Anybody could do it but Nobody realised that Everybody wouldn't do it.

It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.

From "Learning in teams, a student guide", G. Gibbs, Oxford Centre for Staff Development, Oxford Brookes University, 2004

 

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