What is collective?

  • (adj): Set up on the principle of collectivism or ownership and production by the workers involved usually under the supervision of a government.
    Example: "Collective farms"
    See also — Additional definitions below


A collective is a group of entities that share or are motivated by at least one common issue or interest, or work together on a specific project(s) to achieve a common objective. Collectives differ from cooperatives in that they are not necessarily focused upon an economic benefit or saving (but can be that as well). There may be some issues with meaningfully describing the qualities of a collective.

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Some articles on collective:

... The Trumbullplex is a housing collective and showspace in the Woodbridge neighborhood of Detroit, Michigan, USA ... It was created in 1993 when members of the collective established a nonprofit corporation and purchased the property, two Victorian houses on either side of a single-story art space ... The collective's mission statement asserts that they “want to create a positive environment for revolutionary change in which economic and social relationships ...
Moka Five - History - The Stanford Collective Project
... NSF-funded research project at Stanford University called "The Collective A Virtual Appliance Computing Infrastructure" ... The Collective project was started by the Stanford SUIF group, headed by Prof ... to users' computing environments." The Collective project began in 1999 with the exploration of a stateless thin-client architecture, a la Sun Ray, where computation would ...
Collective - Types of Groups
... Collectives are sometimes characterised by attempts to share and exercise political and social power and to make decisions on a consensus-driven and egalitarian basis ... A commune or intentional community, which may also be known as a "collective household", is a group of people who live together in some kind of dwelling or residence, or in ... Collective households may be organized for a specific purpose (e.g ...
Resistance Is Futile - Borg Collective
... Also referred to as the "hive mind" or "collective consciousness", the Borg Collective is a civilization with a group mind ... Each Borg individual, or drone, is linked to the collective by a sophisticated subspace network that ensures each member is given constant supervision and guidance ... The collective is broadcast over a subspace domain similar to that utilized by the transporter ...
Socialist Review (US)
... Because the journal had been founded in San Francisco with an editorial collective that included many University of California at Berkeley graduate students, it showed an openness to theory that was not universally ... As some of the original collective graduated and got teaching jobs in the Boston area, a second editorial collective was founded in nearby Somerville (and ... As the members of the Boston collective began to get tenure, the nature of the two main editorial collectives began to diverge, with the Boston Collective attracting junior faculty, while ...

More definitions of "collective":

  • (adj): Forming a whole or aggregate.
  • (noun): Members of a cooperative enterprise.
  • (adj): Done by or characteristic of individuals acting together.
    Example: "The collective mind"
    Synonyms: corporate

Famous quotes containing the word collective:

    Like Freud, Jung believes that the human mind contains archaic remnants, residues of the long history and evolution of mankind. In the unconscious, primordial “universally human images” lie dormant. Those primordial images are the most ancient, universal and “deep” thoughts of mankind. Since they embody feelings as much as thought, they are properly “thought feelings.” Where Freud postulates a mass psyche, Jung postulates a collective psyche.
    Patrick Mullahy (b. 1912)

    The popularity of disaster movies ... expresses a collective perception of a world threatened by irresistible and unforeseen forces which nevertheless are thwarted at the last moment. Their thinly veiled symbolic meaning might be translated thus: We are innocent of wrongdoing. We are attacked by unforeseeable forces come to harm us. We are, thus, innocent even of negligence. Though those forces are insuperable, chance will come to our aid and we shall emerge victorious.
    David Mamet (b. 1947)

    There is no such thing as collective guilt.
    Kurt Waldheim (b. 1918)