Five Good Ideas

Five Good Ideas about collaboration: Moving forward, together

Published on 30/03/2015

To work in today’s complex world and solve today’s complex issues, collaboration and collective approaches are not only desirable, they are critical. Working together can bring the best of our collective wisdom to bear on the toughest of problems, it can foster a sense of belonging and galvanize hope. So why do so many collaborations end up so dysfunctional? Whether the framework is collective impact, learning labs, partnerships or networks, there are some fundamental truths about working together that can slow our work down or make it soar.

On March 30, we explored fresh ways of thinking about working together and discovered some underlying secrets to creating inspiring and successful collaborations.

Five Good Ideas

  1. Take responsibility for choices and respect choices of others (autonomy)
  2. Walk a mile in each other’s shoes (empathy)
  3. Demonstrate that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts (purpose)
  4. Make working together easy (enabling environment)
  5. Make collaboration a very human process (connectedness)

Five Good Resources

  1. Getting to Maybe by Frances Westley, Brenda Zimmerman and Michael Quinn Paton
  2. Empathy: RSA Animate – The Power of Outrospection
  3. Collaboration Coach
  4. Changeology by Les Robinson
  5. The Story of Change

Bonus resource:

  • The Little Community That Could: If you want a new way of supporting meaningful change in your community and impacting the lives of people living there, read this book. In it, East Scarborough Storefront shares the practical lessons learned from a decade of building community together in Scarborough, Ontario, considered a “priority neighbourhood.”

Anne Gloger

Principal of the Centre for Connected Communities and East Scarborough Storefront

Anne Gloger is the founding Director of East Scarborough Storefront. Her work is based in an underserved area of Scarborough known as Kingston Galloway Orton Park and is dedicated to developing practical and meaningful connections between and among people, organizations and institutions. Anne’s unique approach to this work is founded on the idea that complex social issues require collaborative solutions. Her work at The Storefront includes facilitating collaborative initiatives with residents, social service agencies, academics, corporations, governments, architects, lawyers, urban planners, artists, property owners and anyone else with an interest in improving life in Kingston Galloway Orton Park. Anne has won several awards, including the William P Hubbard Award for Race Relations, Leading Women Building Communities, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal, the 2014 Vital People’s Award and a Bhayana Collaboration Award. Anne is currently developing The Storefront approach to community development as a model: embedding an evaluative framework, writing about, teaching and finding innovative ways to use The Storefront example to influence new possibilities for our country’s place based and collaborative strategies. The East Scarborough Storefront and Anne’s work in building collaborative communities are highlighted in the book; The Little Community that Could by Cathy Mann.