October 5: “Collaboration Paradox” with John Abele

We often claim to work collaboratively—in laboratories, in boardrooms, in universities—but are we truly working together? Do our collaborative initiatives realize their potential and fundamentally drive innovation?

  • What “Collaboration Paradox” with John Abele, Founder of Boston Scientific
  • WHEN October 5, 2011; reception at 5:00 PM, talk at 5:30 PM
  • WHERE Whitehead Institute McGovern Auditorium
    Nine Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142

On October 5, Whitehead Institute, in partnership with TEDxBoston, will host Boston Scientific Founder John Abele for a talk entitled “Collaboration Paradox.” Abele—drawing from his 30+ years experience at the intersection of science and industry—will discuss what it takes to facilitate successful collaborations and why the most productive collaborations often arise unexpectedly. Citing Whitehead Institute’s Founder Jack Whitehead as an example, Abele will discuss the key ingredients for accelerating the development of new technologies and ideas through collaborative behavior, including leadership, community building and harnessing the “wisdom of crowds.”

Join us on October 5, 2011 at Whitehead Institute’s McGovern Auditorium; reception beginning at 5:00 pm, and talk at 5:30 pm. This event is open to the public, though space is limited. If would like to attend, please contact Sonja Plesset at (617) 258-5103 or splesset@wi.mit.edu.

About John Abele: John Abele, retired Founding Chairman of Boston Scientific Corporation, is a pioneer and leader in the field of less-invasive medicine. For more than four decades, John has devoted himself to innovation in health care, business and solving social problems.

John holds numerous patents and has published and lectured extensively on the technology of various medical devices and on the technical, social, economic, and political trends and issues affecting healthcare.  Current activities include Chair of the FIRST Foundation which works with high school kids to make being science-literate cool and fun, and development of The Kingbridge Centre and Institute, a conferencing institution whose mission is to research, develop, and teach improved methods for interactive conferencing: problem solving, conflict resolution, strategic planning, new methods for learning and generally help groups to become “Collectively intelligent.”