Connecting Great Minds with Video Conferencing Michael Kwan October 22, 2014 As we take a look back at the history of human civilization, we find that most tribes and cultures lived in relative isolation from one another. There may have been some rudimentary trade with neighboring peoples, but tribal knowledge largely remained each individual tribe. Even as we move further along the timeline, we find that that the greatest thinkers were oftentimes separated from one another due to geography. Technology changed that. The first telephones allowed you to chat with people all the way across the country and the Internet has really enabled us to reach out to other folks all around the world. But it needs to be easier and it needs to be more robust. Imagine If Collaboration Were Easier There have been many notable milestones of modern technology that have been geared toward greater connection with our fellow man. It doesn't take much to launch a web browser and fire off an e-mail to your colleague half way around the globe, but this has significant limitations. The communication is asynchronous and managing a group conversation this way can be burdensome. No one wants to see an extended CC list lost among an email thread. But advancing technology has continually improved this kind of experience with new innovations and improving just how seamless true collaboration can be. Can you imagine, as the image at the top of this post indicates, what amazing things may have happened if Albert Einstein could have conducted ongoing conversations with Mahatma Gandhi? What if the Greek and Roman philosophers were able to collaborate with the greatest minds of the Far East via video conferencing? Beyond the One-on-One Conversation Today, things are easier, but they can still be very fragmented and disjointed with the sheer variety of protocols and technologies at play. You have some people walking around with Android mobile devices. You have other people on their Windows machine tapping into a Cisco ecosystem, not to mention all the other popular standards. Just text isn't good enough for true collaboration and that's where the real-time visuals of a video chat can come into play. At the same time, a traditional one-on-one video chat doesn't suffice either. If two minds are better than one, then three minds is exponentially even better. When you take advantage of the secure, cloud-based video conferencing offered by a company like Blue Jeans, you can tap into that great potential with just about anyone around the world, regardless of what device they use or what platform they are on. We can see this multi-party conferencing being invaluable in the context of healthcare, just as much as it would in science, philosophy, politics or business. The face-to-face nature of video conferencing is very conducive in collaboration and the platform can go even further with screen and media sharing too. It's like you're in the same room with these great experts, even if you're actually in entirely different parts of globe. Great Minds Think Alike (Even When They Don't) When you have a video conferencing platform like Blue Jeans that can support many different connection points, you enable the best possible solutions to quickly bubble to the surface. You can't and shouldn't expect these "great minds" to agree on everything. Instead, they should disagree and they should engage in fruitful debate and conversation. That's the true nature of collaboration and that's how you can achieve the greatest results. Share This With The World!