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Surely the fortieth anniversary is a good time to take a collective look at this problem.

What does Take a collective look mean?

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In a context such as:

Encouraging the discipline to take a collective look at itself

google books: The Handbook of Sociocultural Anthropology

The collective is those who practice the discipline. It's encouraging all of them to examine the way they practice their discipline.

In your example:

Surely the fortieth anniversary is a good time to take a collective look at this problem.

It's not clear what the problem is or who is having their fortieth anniversary. But whoever they are, they are being encouraged to look at the problem together.

col·lec·tive

kəˈlektiv/Submit

adjective

  1. done by people acting as a group.

"a collective protest"

noun

  1. a cooperative enterprise.

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It just means we should ALL take a look at this problem. Or you might interpret it as "those of who are interested in this problem should take a look at it."

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