Global science engagement

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Science  29 Jan 2016:
Vol. 351, Issue 6272, pp. 427
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaf2869

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  • RE: Global science engagement
    • Fiona Wood, research fellow, University of New England

    In their bestseller ‘Abundance’ Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler also highlight the power of technologies developed in the poorer parts of our world to helping us meet global challenges in water, food, energy etc.
    However, as your editorial argues, maximising the full potential of this ‘reverse innovation’ around the planet requires a substantial shift in traditional mindsets regarding scientific collaborations. The active championing of a more inclusive definition of talent is long overdue and hopefully AAAS can push for traction on this at the annual meeting. Perhaps Sheryl Sandberg’s recent Davos WEF comments might help:
    “We should be working towards equality because it’s the smart thing.
    So from a company or organisational point of view, if you can use the full talents of the workforce you are going to outperform. Do it because it is going to help you.”

    Competing Interests: None declared.

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