Big Collaboration

16th June 2015

There has been a lot of talk on big data, but what about big collaboration? We are coining the term as we increasingly seeing big companies collaborating with each other in order to solve big problems. Which of course is exactly the best use for big data.

For example back in 2010 NASA came together to collaborate with NIKE, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and The U.S. Department of State  to create a platform called Launch. The purpose of the platform is to help create a more sustainable world, which of course is a huge task! Another example is the Crick, which is a new neurology centre opening in Kings Cross in London. It is a collaboration between a myriad of charities, corporates, and universities with the objective to beat cancer and Parkinson’s.

There is no denying the fact that problems have become more complex and need better tools and infrastructure. These goals cannot be tackled by one company alone. For example, if we really wanted to combat climate change, you would need the likes of NASA, IBM, and MIT coming together. Each providing a crucial component to the solution. In the next two years we are going to see the  growth of these type of big collaborations.

The list of complex problems we have to provide solutions for are big from climate change, overpopulation to disease and poverty,

It will be interesting to see what this does to competitiveness and profits.

1. Launch: Collective Genius for a Better World.

2. The Francis Crick Institute.

3. Strategy as a Wicked Problem.