What Spaghetti and Marshmallows Can Teach Us About Teamwork and Development

April 23rd, 2010 by Daniel DiRico

One of the great things about the continued growth of the internet and the social connections it creates, is the often overlooked fact that all of this technology actually is making us smarter as a society. Yes, this occurred to me today as I was watching this TED video about marshmallows and teamwork.

Since the introduction of the internet, we have been learning and sharing information at an incredible, exponential pace. As a society as a whole, we are sharing what works and what doesn’t work at ever increasing speeds, perfecting ourselves as a giant collective in ways that never before were possible prior the internet.

This video is about how repeated iterations can lead to a more perfected result. With each iteration, the solution becomes better, smarter, and faster. The project team learns from each failure at faster and faster rates until they reach the successful goal.

But what if we apply this thought process to an entire society instead of just a small project team? Is technology allowing us to iterate ourselves at faster and faster rates towards greater success? I think so.

The internet as we know it today has really only existed for about 15 years. Imagine the possibilities it will bring for society during the next 15 years.

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