I truly believe that there is a benefit in getting together – trans-continental / academic & corporate – and joining forces with people that have a common interest, yet an expertise that results from different disciplines. Like petals of a flower all gathered around the common theme, attracting attention or simply growing. Or an atom model, attracted yet busy in our own orbit.
When joining forces with people that have a common language – but different viewing angles – everyone learns as there is some kind of zone of proximal development there, or it can be created based on mutual conversation and dialogue.
As discussions happen, reflection increases, arguments are weighed and knowledge deepened.