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MIT Media Lab: Exactly When Do You Collaborate?

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Tod Machover & A More Beautiful Question

There are times, especially early in the creative process, when I want to slow down and think about a challenging question by myself,” he said. (At such times, he retreats to the solitude of a barn converted into a music studio.)


But there’s also a time, he said, when you must take your question “out of the barn” and begin to work with others. The Media Lab is designed to be an ideal collaborative environment, bringing together people from a wide range of disciplines. “Everyone is comfortable saying to others in the lab, ‘Here’s something I’m passionate about—would you help me think through this question?’”


–Quoted from Warren Berger, A More Beautiful Question (NY: Bloomsbury, 2014) 130-131.


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