Collaboration has been having a fashion moment. It’s “the stuff of growth,” says Sir Ken Robinson, and the “defining characteristic of creativity,” according to the Huffington Post. Last year, R/GA New York redesigned its whole office to help cultivate collaboration. Even our governments have been operating in coalitions. But while many modern businesses chime about their collaborative cultures, few talk about how it works in practice. Studies show that without processes in place to promote harmony, working with others can actually inhibit creativity rather than enliven it. Whether your ideas get sidelined, shot down or outright stolen, working with others can come with all kinds of hair-tearing frustrations. To find out how to get collaborative working right, we spoke to creatives working in pairs, trios and larger collectives.