The Uplifting Power of Human Interaction

The Uplifting Power of Human Interaction

Collaboration brings the best of each group to the mission. There is also an emotional angle when people meet. The Apollo programme manager George Müller who had to manage the vast pyramid of organizations and people used the psychological impact of collaboration as well. He sent each astronaut selected for the moon mission to visit the factories making the parts. Each astronaut was a national hero, and his personal visit and interaction with the factory workers not only motivated the workers to give their best, it also made them feel responsible for the astronaut’s safety. A single technical glitch on their part could kill the man they had met personally – this compelled each of these thousands of people involved to devote their all to the Apollo 11 mission.

Fifty years later, technology has pervaded every aspect of our lives. Technology combines with every existing system today, making it more powerful. Great businesses have resulted by combining existing models with technology, such as:
Automobiles + GPS = App-based transportation services
Music + Internet = Music streaming services
Stores + Website = Online retail
Hotels + Aggregator sites = Online travel booking
Teachers + Communication technology = Online tutoring
Classroom + Video recording + Internet = Massive Open Online Courses
The more and more we are able to collaborate, and the more disparate the individual systems we combine, the more powerful and creative the product.


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Garry JacobsGarry Jacobs is President and CEO of the World Academy of Art & Science (USA), an international think-tank founded in 1960 by eminent scientists and intellectuals working on strategies to accelerate sustainable and equitable global development. For over forty years, Jacobs has been engaged in research in social development, employment, education, psychology, human-centred Economics, organizational theory and management strategies. He is also a management consultant and partner since 1987 in Mira International, a consulting firm providing management guidance to firms in a wide range of industries in the USA, Europe and India. The integrating theme in Jacobs’ work is consciously applying the process of growth and development as it expresses at the level of the individual, organization, nation and the global community. He is author of hundreds of articles on economics, business and global affairs and co-author of two business books on the process of corporate growth, a book on Indian development and a novel on spirituality and business. He is also the Chairman of the Board of World University Consortium (USA); Vice-President of Mother’s Service Society, an educational and social science research institute in India; Distinguished Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Person-Centered Approach Institute, Italy and an international member of the Club of Rome

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