What do you see when Neil Armstrong steps on the moon for the first time? Not his face. You see his moonsuit. An “individual spaceship” that was created by an unlikely and unsung team of craftspeople without formal degrees and myth-busting seamstresses – where a single bad stitch meant certain death for the astronauts.
What do photographing a black hole, reimagining car design, and containing a nuclear meltdown have in common?
Teamwork. It’s time to bust the myth of the lone genius once and for all because the truth is, we’re in this together. Listen to Teamistry, an Atlassian podcast that looks past the front page headlines to discover the incredible untold stories of teams behind the scenes who joined together to do what could never be done alone.
On the eve of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, the French minister to America wrote to Paris, "What part of the United States would you like to take when it falls apart?" Find out how an unlikely team of delegates set aside the interests of their individual states to create a collective – The United States of America – through compromise.
Because of Google Maps, the entire globe now seems within reach. The indispensable technology has changed everything from daily routes to road trips to navigating unknown territory. But the road to inventing Google Maps? That's another story.
In 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton set sail on the Endurance. But instead of becoming the first man to walk across Antarctica, his ship was marooned and he became leader of a different mission: keeping his crew of 28 alive. Travel back in time to discover the surprisingly modern leadership skills of Shackleton that saved all souls.
On March 11, 2011 Japan was struck by a 9.1-magnitude earthquake that triggered a 14-meter-high tsunami that crashed into the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. As the world watched in horror, the responsibility of containing the disaster fell on workers who had to risk their lives to salvage the plant -- and protect the planet.
In 1985, the automotive giant Ford was teetering on the edge of financial collapse. The company needed a sensation. Enter: The Taurus. The breakthrough model wasn’t just a revolutionary product, it represented a revolution in how Ford operated at its very core, something that hadn’t changed in nearly a century.
On April 10, 2019, the world saw what many thought was unseeable. A Black Hole. But how? In the second episode of Teamistry, host Gabriela Cowperthwaite discovers how an international team of astronomers and scientists made the greatest cosmic discovery of our times.
It's time to set the record straight: Thomas Edison's greatest achievement was not the lightbulb. In fact, he wasn't even the first to invent it. The unrecognized masterstroke of Edison was he brought together some of the brightest minds to collaborate, exchange ideas, and work in creative ways to change the world as we knew it.
Teamistry explores the untold stories of teams that achieve the impossible. Listen to the trailer.
About the host
Teamistry is hosted by award-winning film director Gabriela Cowperthwaite. Her films, including the documentary “Blackfish,” deal with social, cultural, and environmental issues relating to real life events, and through her work she is intimately familiar with the power and importance of teamwork.