Celebrating radical collaboration in faculty research

SPEAKER 1: It’s very
much a two way street. SPEAKER 2: Innovating together. SPEAKER 3: Valuing
what the other needs. SPEAKER 4: It challenges
my own assumptions. SPEAKER 5: I think
we can be very creative by exploring these
interfaces with people who are different. SPEAKER 6: No one can
work individually anymore. SPEAKER 7: To make progress,
collaboration is critical. SPEAKER 8: I think that this is
the perfect way to do science. SPEAKER 9: The problems
that we are working on are simply too complex. SPEAKER 10: There are
built in facets of Cornell that foster collaboration. SPEAKER 11: Weill
Cornell Medicine. SPEAKER 12: The Atkinson Center. SPEAKER 13: Cornell
NanoScale Facilities. SPEAKER 14: Global Cornell SPEAKER 5: I think there’s a
very unique culture in Cornell to explore these ideas. SPEAKER 15: Invention,
imagination, inspiration. SPEAKER 16: How do we
take all those pieces and put them together to
make things that are greater than the sum of the parts? [MUSIC PLAYING] SPEAKER 17: Well, I’m concerned
about a lot of migratory birds that are spending the winter
in Central and South America on coffee farms. SPEAKER 18: My work is
basically to understand problems of production
and distribution and marketing of food that
comes from small farmers. SPEAKER 17: We know that there
is a huge trend in coffee where habitat is being converted
to plantations where there’s no habitat provided for birds. So in order to address an
issue that’s important to me, I know that I need to
reach out to colleagues in the social sciences
and in economics. SPEAKER 18: What are the
incentives for a grower that is currently growing coffee
under the sun to transitioning to a shade grown system? SPEAKER 17: –and to
do it in a way that improves the sustainability
of that product and supports biodiversity
in a much larger sense. SPEAKER 18: –because having
the birds in the farms means lower production costs
and higher coffee quality. Living systems are
just too complicated to study only from a lens
of only one discipline. Call it economics, call it
biology, or call it ecology. We need all the disciplines to
study these type of problems. SPEAKER 17: We all enjoy feeling
like experts sometimes, right? But what radical
collaboration does is it forces us to move
outside of that comfort zone. It forces us to confront
what we’re ignorant about and to challenge
the assumptions we make about how the world works. SPEAKER 18: I saw the value of
cultivating this relationship right away. I had no idea that a shade
grown system can compete with a sun grown system. SPEAKER 17: Those aren’t
easy things to do. Those definitely aren’t
comfortable things to do. But they’re absolutely
essential things to do if we want
our work to make a positive impact in the world. [MUSIC PLAYING] SPEAKER 16: Cornell
has a history of radical collaboration. SPEAKER 19: Our land
grant mission really brings a greater diversity of
enterprises here at Cornell SPEAKER 16: It’s always had an
any person, any study approach. SPEAKER 20: Cornell Tech is
part of this larger experience of Cornell University. SPEAKER 21: The
doors have opened up, and there’s been a lot
more accessibility. SPEAKER 22: Just so
many different faculty in so many areas SPEAKER 16: But the
biggest piece of the pie is still the people. SPEAKER 23: I became
a better scientist by working with people
who are not scientists. SPEAKER 16: You have to
have the kind of people that want to interact. SPEAKER 24: The level of
debate will always be higher. SPEAKER 25: Building a community
out of shared interests. SPEAKER 26: Our diversity is not
an impediment to understanding. It’s actually an opportunity. SPEAKER 27: Here’s an
amazing collaboration that you can be part of.

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