Power of Collaboration

To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.  ~ Albert Einstein

Collaboration has long been the hallmark of the scientific process.  Filmmaker Tiffany Shlain (director of the new film “Connected”) provides a recent example during an interview on PBS’ Tavis Smiley.

Online gamers, playing Foldit, modeled the structure of an enzyme beneficial for future anti-AIDS drug development, accomplishing in a matter of weeks what had long perplexed University of Washington scientists.  As Tiffany herself points out, the Internet provides a surefire catalyst for innovation, a global framework for bringing together varying perspectives, which in turn “the hope is” leads to collaborative problem solving.

Share your thoughts on the power of collaboration to foster innovation and problem solving.

Vanaja R.

Tiffany Shlain’s interview on PBS’ Tavis Smiley

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