Collaboration has been defined as working together to achieve a goal.
- We live in what has been called “a shared power world”.
- In a shared power world no ONE organization has the power, knowledge or resources e.g., money to effectively address complex challenges such as sustainable community development
- Planning and implementing a sustainable community plan or projects will almost always require organizing the involvement of a diverse set of stakeholders, e.g., citizens, public employees, elected officials, non-profit organizations, public agencies, etc. Lindberg’s Community Capital Framework below illustrates the need for collaboration involving all sectors of the community.
We have found two complementary methodologies to be both effective and easily adapted by stakeholders. The resources/materials below provide a guide to organizing strategic partnerships.
The next section, Communities of Practice (CoPs), describes an innovative way that stakeholders can utilize to organize working together on a wide range of sustainable issues.
- Communities of Practice (CoPs) provides you with a detailed presentation on how groups with a common interest can organize their work even though they are geographically dispersed.
SOME HELPFUL RESOURCES
- “Collaboration: What makes It Work 2nd Edition”, The Wilder Research Center