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Welcoming Different Perspectives: Benay Dara-Abrams on Einstein and the Center for Innovative Cultures

The following is an excerpt from "Remembering Einstein on His Birthday: Welcoming Different Perspectives," by Dr. Benay Dara-Abrams, published in the Huffington Post on March 18, 2015. To read the whole article, please click here.

Last summer, Michael Pacanowsky, the Gore-Giovale Chair of Business Innovation at the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business, demonstrated that not only science but also organizational cultures can benefit from bringing together many different voices. As Einstein welcomed fellow scientists with differing perspectives and personalities into his home to engage in the collective enterprise of science, Michael invited a variety of industry professionals, academics, business leaders, and management consultants to an off-season ski resort in Park City, Utah to collaborate on envisioning ways to support high-performing organizational cultures. During our three days together, the meeting rooms and outside gathering spaces were abuzz with conversation, ideas, opinions, laughter, and energy, bringing together many different voices and perspectives to formulate ideas and plans. The open, accepting atmosphere encouraged us to think creatively and play with possibilities. While many of us had never met before, the collaborative format of the meeting facilitated our interaction, and allowed us to raise issues and disagree with each other in ways that brought about a better result.

Out of our summer gathering, the new Center for Innovative Cultures was established to help organizations thrive by unleashing the talent, passion, and potential of people at work. I think Einstein would feel right at home at our gathering last summer and would actively participate in Center events, offering ways to welcome different perspectives that can help organizations thrive.