You’d like to collaborate more with other employees, but your corporate organization silos keep you from breaking out of your usual circle of interactions.
Ignore the silos and create a new organization.
Organizations consist of two elements: 1) a purpose 2) people committed to accomplishing that purpose.
So, in order to create a new organization, the first thing you need to do is figure out what purpose you want to collaborate with others about. Then, all you need to do is post your purpose in a place where people will see it, or where those who you think might be interested in that purpose will see it.
That might mean an internal blog, or a web site, or even an email distribution list. It could even be putting up flyers for a meeting in a certain conference room.
Then when people show up, connect. It doesn’t matter how many. If you get 3 people, that’s enough to start something.
And you don’t need permission from your boss or current organization. People get together all the time to talk about what interests them, vacations, little league baseball, hot rods, etc. Your purpose just might have a little more meaning.
When you gather people around a subject, you’ve created a new organization. You can connect, collaborate, and possibly make a difference (depending on your purpose.) What ever organization they currently work in becomes irrelevant. The silos disappear.
It’s almost too easy.