May 23, 2019 - Sometimes they’re called facilitators, sometimes translators, sometimes directors or maybe even team players. This crucial role is starting to get attention in industry and academia.
Exaptive CEO Dave King moderated the panel “Identifying the Behaviors and Actions of Facilitators of Successful Teams” at the Science of Team Science (SciTS) Annual Conference in Lansing, Michigan, at Michigan State University. Dave was joined on the panel by Dr. Terri Gilbert, the Engagement Director for the BRAIN Commons at Cohen Veterans Bioscience, Dr. Alicia Knoedler, recently added to the Exaptive team as our Director of Team Innovation, and Dr. Victor Soji Ladele, a medical professional and former WHO team leader during the 2014 response to the Ebola virus outbreak in Liberia.
#SciTS2019 actions of successful teams session w @tgilhou @dking513 Alicia Knoedler and Victor Soji Ladele - Victor's #wisdom that a vocal minority gives a valuable 'cause to pause' which can reveal a better path. pic.twitter.com/cqfi6LLo1Y— ReImagine Science (@ReImagineSci) May 23, 2019
Terri shared her experiences as a facilitator at life science research foundations, Alicia spoke from her experience as a research development professional in academia, and Victor shared his experiences of coordinating information technology during an apocalyptic crisis.
This was Exaptive’s first year at the SciTS Annual Conference. We really enjoyed connecting with a new (to us) community that also is so interested in learning about team innovation and how to facilitate it, especially for groups that are looking for answers to high-stakes, global challenges. We’re excited to go back in 2020!
You can learn more about (and from!) the panelists in these blog posts:
Shedding Light on the "Black Box” of Collaboration by Dave King
An Activity to Improve Idea Generation and Network Brokering by Dr. Alicia Knoedler
Innovative Technology Needed To Improve Crisis Response by Dr. Victor Soji Ladele