In traveling around the country for the 30 Million Jobs tour, we noticed something similar in nearly everyone we met: in the face of great economic and financial problems, Americans have an overwhelming appetite for new, impactful ways to influence our collective fate and, together, sieze a culture of visibility, integrity and choice.

Two words describe it: Collective collaboration — or solving problems together — is something that we’ve been talking a lot about on the show over the last few months.

“Working together” may sound simple, but it’s not easy.  In order to effectively perpetuate collective collaboration, our results are only as good as the visibility, integrity and choice of the network of people and institutions we have involved.  The other challenge is recognizing (and accepting!) that it’s impossible for us to know everything.  But guess what? It’s okay to not know everything. Through experimentation, a willingness to learn from results and a willingness to adapt, we can find better outcomes for nearly any challenge.

On the theme of collective collaboration, we spoke with Tim Harford, the “Undercover Economist” and senior columnist for the Financial Times.  He is the author of  Adapt: Why Success Always Starts With Failure.   Harford hares his tips on how people, and even nations, can utilize trial and error feedback in order to succeed.

You can learn more about Harford’s book here, and follow him on Twitter @timharford.

We’ll be talking more about collective collaboration on May 24th with Russell Simmons at the 92nd St. Y in New York.  For tickets and information on the event, visit 92Y.org.