Collaborating Like Thomas Edison

How did one of America’s most famous inventors collaborate? It might not be a question you ever thought about, but the answer can greatly impact the way we work together.

Thomas Edison passed away in 1931, but his vision for innovation and collaboration has remained, inspiring some of the most brilliant minds of modern times. Edison was responsible for bringing to life several famous inventions, including the phonograph, the electric light bulb and the motion picture camera. While these game-changing technologies are credited to Edison alone, it turns out the inventor put a great emphasis on the power of collaboration.

According to a new book, Edison and his team of Menlo Park employees often spent late evenings together in the lab. These meetings were affectionately dubbed “midnight lunches.” It was a time to work on experiments, share insights with each other and deepen relationships as a team. This collaboration became a part of Edison’s legacy as well, inspiring honors such as the Edison Awards™.

Our Touchjet team is thrilled to be named as a finalist for the 2016 Edison Awards. “It’s exciting to see companies like Touchjet continuing Thomas Edison’s legacy of challenging conventional thinking,” said Frank Bonafilia, Edison Awards’ executive director.  “Edison Awards recognizes the game-changing products and services, and the teams that brought them to consumers.”

How are we fostering the sense of collaboration that Thomas Edison was so passionate about? Here is how touch technology can bring collaboration to the classroom, the office and just about anywhere else:

Edison Award nominations are judged by more than 3,000 senior business executives and academics from across the nation. The awards recognize and honor some of the most innovative new products, services and business leaders. You can learn more about the awards here.

Thomas Edison proved to us that collaborating with a team can help us reach new levels of innovation. How can this theory impact your own work?

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