Before corporate social responsibility was a popular concept, Patagonia declared its commitment to better outcomes for their workers, and the planet. They soon discovered that commitment would include major pitfalls, but it seems the more Patagonia doubles down on its values, the better it performs.
In season two of Teamistry, we go beyond the heroics of a single team and expand our focus to the power of multiple teams working together.
Host Gabriela Cowperthwaite examines how groups of teams – with different sets of skills, experiences, and even personalities – embrace uncertainty, innovate, and tackle massive challenges. Like the story of Japanese watchmaker Seiko, and how the company brought R&D in-house to take advantage of constructive competition between its factories, ultimately leapfrogging the mighty Swiss. And how the "Trinity" – Iceland’s chief epidemiologist, the Director of Health, and the superintendent of police – worked together to contain the spread of COVID-19 when it threatened to become an outbreak.
In the West African country of Burkina Faso in the 1980s, an 18-year-old boy is killed in the road. Why? A case of meningitis. The meningitis epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa spurred a global race to find a vaccine, led by the founding of the Meningitis Vaccine Project. This network of doctors, vaccine developers, public health officials, and UN workers converged to develop an inexpensive vaccine – without Big Pharma. Instead, they built teams as an ecosystem of thriving partnerships.
In the desert plains of Northern Kenya, hundreds of people from around the world and different walks of life have gathered. The photographs they take with their GPS-enabled cameras might be humanity's best shot at saving an entire species. This is the story of a shared mission, with the help of Wildbook, an artificial intelligence (AI) software program, that is saving animals – and the biodiversity of the planet.
Twelve Thai teenagers and their young soccer coach got stuck deep inside the labyrinthine Tham Luang caves of Thailand. Feared dead after a week, they were discovered alive by a British cave diver. Learn about the leadership and teamwork that enabled disparate groups to remain synchronized, overcome cultural barriers, and make life-or-death decisions during the rescue.
Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, Iceland had become the worst-hit country in Scandinavia. But it reversed its fate, without a full lockdown. And to date, Iceland has seen very few deaths. How? Largely because of the harmonious collaboration of "The Trinity" – Iceland’s chief epidemiologist, Director of Health, and Superintendent of Police – who implemented the "pandemic plan": a framework for working together and saving lives.
In the aftermath of World War II, Japan must rebuild its economy. Certain products become vital exports in the revitalization effort, including the wristwatch. Seiko leaps to the forefront of the recovery, but there's a problem: their watches aren't good. The company decides to bring R&D in-house to take advantage of constructive competition between its factories, and winds up going from industry failure to time-honored player on the world stage.
Teamistry is an original podcast from Atlassian about the chemistry of teams, proving that when people work together they can achieve more than they ever thought possible.
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.