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.
JUAN HINESTROZA: 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.
PAULA COHEN: 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
JUAN HINESTROZA: I think there's a very unique culture in Cornell to explore these ideas.
SPEAKER 15: Invention, imagination, inspiration.
PAUL MCEUEN: How do we take all those pieces and put them together to make things that are greater than the sum of the parts?
AMANDA RODEWALD: Well, I'm concerned about a lot of migratory birds that are spending the winter in Central and South America on coffee farms.
MIGUEL GOMEZ: My work is basically to understand problems of production and distribution and marketing of food that comes from small farmers.
AMANDA RODEWALD: 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.
MIGUEL GOMEZ: What are the incentives for a grower that is currently growing coffee under the sun to transitioning to a shade grown system?
AMANDA RODEWALD: --and to do it in a way that improves the sustainability of that product and supports biodiversity in a much larger sense.
MIGUEL GOMEZ: --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.
AMANDA RODEWALD: 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.
MIGUEL GOMEZ: 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.
AMANDA RODEWALD: 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.
PAUL MCEUEN: Cornell has a history of radical collaboration.
SPEAKER 19: Our land grant mission really brings a greater diversity of enterprises here at Cornell
PAUL MCEUEN: 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
PAUL MCEUEN: 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.
PAUL MCEUEN: 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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