Sunday, May, 14, 2017
By Deborah de Lange
The inside look at an Eta. (Diagram from Aerovelo.com)
A recent record by a Canadian is an inspiration. Read about the world’s fastest human here: http://www.cbc.ca/sportslongform/entry/the-worlds-fastest-human-is-canadian. Eta is the fastest super aerodynamic bike in the world with Todd Reichert in it at over 86mph. I understand the speed is recently up to over 89mph http://www.aerovelo.com/. It’s hard to keep up to know the current top speed, but the upper limit that they are aiming for could be 100mph. The bike is an example of clean energy use and energy efficient design to a maximum. The achievement was made possible by a team of engineers together with a tremendous athlete originating from Southern Ontario. This illustrates an important point that, sometimes one of us appears the winner, but that win is usually made possible with a strong and dedicated team alongside or in the background.
In the world of ONE scholarship, we seek to publish like other scholars, but we also find a special cause for our work which is to support a worldwide effort alongside scientists in other disciplines to solve the environmental challenges of the day. Most of the time, it doesn’t feel like teamwork. Each of us works from a different perspective and in management studies it can mean, for example, suggesting organizational designs and strategies to facilitate the reduction of continuing environmental damage. As we struggle to pull our world out of habits institutionalized at the time of the industrial revolution and in fact, aggravated by some of our own management theories put into practice, many of us are working on building greater understanding and awareness of existing systems so that we can rethink and change them. Moving away from our linear economy to a circular one is a great example. We understand that we cannot wipe the slate clean and start fresh, so we need to understand how to alter the linear systems to make them more circular. Even if we had the luxury of beginning anew, we would not build a perfect system. Human systems are developed incrementally with many mistakes along the way and improvements will occur along these same lines. So, what we think about along with the rest of the scientific community is, how can we accelerate this?
Now back to Todd Reichert and his team that helped him accelerate to become a worldwide inspiration…Each one of us in ONE finds strength by remembering that it is ultimately a team organization built for the very purpose of providing support to its members. The organization is the membership. It is you and me in support of each other. We are such a virtual group in many ways, given we meet only briefly once per year that it may be difficult to recognize its significance sometimes. This makes it even harder to think of ourselves collectively as a team. When one or a few of us gains particular recognition, let’s not forget the team that got us there and that every contribution by each and every member, no matter how small or seemingly loosely connected, strengthens our team, a team with a special and important purpose. Together, we can get further, faster and that is the point.