Sometimes it’s hard to visualize how collaboration and teamwork actually impact the things we do. When we bring up ‘collaboration’ what probably comes to mind for most of us are our experiences on sports teams or working with groups on school projects. Those are all good examples of positive group-think, but that’s not exactly the essence of our message when talk about the power of collaboration. To us, collaborating doesn’t just mean working together. It means working towards something more, something that is unattainable by ourselves. We want everyone to realize they have the potential to create change. Through collaboration we can bring our greatest ideas to life and make things better.
Some years ago there was a study on the effects of teamwork on IQ testing. The experiment had teams of four people take IQ tests and analyzed their scores as a group versus their individual results. In every case the teams scored at genius-level, which was higher than any of the participants could rank individually. These results hint that when we have access to collective knowledge and experience we do better than when we’re by ourselves. It implies that we are better when we work together.
We live in a world today where anything seems possible. New space-age gadgets and technology are announced everyday. Our access to the world around us is expanding exponentially. We’ve created an unimaginably powerful tool to spread ideas and perpetuate innovation: the Internet.
And in truth, anything is possible today. With so many resources at our disposal, four people can do more than score high on an IQ test. Four people in one room can change the world.
At its core, OurPangea is about providing a more painless way to collaborate. The network itself is simply a framework to make finding the people and groups you can work together with easier. There are no limits and restrictions to how we can interact with it.
OurPangea can be used however you want, but our hope is that it will lead us all to collaborate because it makes it easier. We’d like to see OurPangea used as a window to a world of collaboration that you didn’t have before because it was too hard to find.