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The Importance Of Teamwork

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As important, and as brilliant, as every single person has the potential to be, nothing can quite change the world like a good team. Two heads are always better than one, of course. The core of OurPangea can be traced to this simple root: teamwork. We’re bringing people together as teams to form communities. Those communities are joining as teams to further their goals.

Think about some of the lauded most teams the world has seen. John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Laurel and Hardy, Siskel and Ebert, Abbot and Costello. Batman and Robin, Simon and Garfunkel, Venus and Serena Williams. These teams don’t even have to be limited to two – vastly different groups such as Rush, the Three Musketeers, and of course the Three Stooges prove that otherwise.

Some of these great teams are entirely fictional. Some create art for us to enjoy, some excel in sports to entertain us. Some create music, others art. Some work together to create new worlds of technology for us to explore. Where would we be today without the revolutionary teamwork of Bill Gates and Paul Allen, creating Microsoft and changing the world? Who could forget the incredible beach volleyball dynasty of Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh-Jennings, who dominated the Olympics and the sport for more than a decade, becoming one of the most dominant, dynamic duos in any sport ever? Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein becoming perhaps the defining element in creating a unique and modern American musical identity? Or Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, as they created one of the most beloved fictional characters of all time, the great Mickey Mouse?

But the most important thing surrounding all of these great teams is that they work best with another person. Every friendship, marriage, relationship, partnership, negotiation to ever exist revolves around two (or more!) parties coming together to use teamwork, always becoming more than the sum of its parts. The synergy and magic of collaboration is what drives these teams forward, feeding off each other and sharing ideas back and forth to find that the world can be a better place when you reach the hand of togetherness to another.

When two people, or two groups, work together with an idea on any level – person to person or culture to culture – the result changes both parties forever, and creates a wholly new idea. Lennon and McCartney’s “A Day in the Life” or “Eleanor Rigby”; or Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s creation of the Fantastic Four, X-Men, and hundreds of beloved characters; or Michael Jordan’s groundbreaking six championships he shared with Scottie Pippen, could never have happened with just one of them. Both members of each tandem contributed in their own unique ways, creating works of music, art, and sports that were not only a mix of each, but also with their own new identity born of collaboration.

Who knows? Maybe someday soon we can add Ari Franklin and Noah Simon to the esteemed list above, for their creation of the potentially world-changing OurPangea (I’d be more than happy to take second billing, of course). It’s been a privilege to work with these two, and watch the creative process explode in action as we all strive our hardest to help collaborate with the world.

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