Scaling Impact — What We Are Learning from BUILD UPON Cambridge, Madrid, and Brussels

In this 4th of a series of 4 blogposts, we share what we are learning, as co-investors with BUILD UPON and the European Climate Foundation, about: (1) co-hosting collaboration; (2) realizing the deeper shared purpose; (3) measuring impact resilience; and (4) scaling impact. SCALING IMPACT In BUILD UPON, we are working regionally, as Europe, across 28 […]

Realizing the Deeper Shared Purpose — What We Are Learning from BUILD UPON Cambridge, Madrid, and Brussels

In this 2nd of a series of 4 blogposts, we share what we are learning, as co-investors with BUILD UPON and the European Climate Foundation, about: (1) co-hosting collaboration; (2) realizing the deeper shared purpose; (3) measuring impact resilience; and (4) scaling impact. REALIZING THE DEEPER SHARED PURPOSE The potential we saw. To achieve its goal […]

Co-hosting Collaboration — What We Are Learning from BUILD UPON Cambridge, Madrid, and Brussels

In this 1st of a series of 4 blogposts, we share what we are learning, as co-investors with BUILD UPON and the European Climate Foundation, about: (1) co-hosting collaboration; (2) realizing the deeper shared purpose; (3) measuring impact resilience; and (4) scaling impact. CO-HOSTING COLLABORATION The potential we saw.  In the spring of 2016, in […]

Group Work ≠ Collaboration: 2 Ways to Make Dysfunctional Groups

A few recent stories in the mainstream press talk about how collaboration on teams is wasteful, therefore collaboration isn’t what we think it is. They’re right, mostly. Our field research of the past decade in over 35 countries in the USA, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin America, supported by our survey research in 98 countries, […]

Deep Collaboration Requires Three Kinds of Listening, Twice

Sometimes we find that no matter how hard we work at something, we are not capable of achieving our goals.  Our own experience and efforts are insufficient to the task.  We realize that we need others.  Other perspectives, other experiences, other energy to get it done.  In these circumstances, we find that we need to […]

2 Reasons Why We Tend to Choose Separation and Outcomes Now, When We Prefer Uniting and Greater Overall Value

We tend to choose to be with people who think and look like us.  We also tend to choose outcomes that benefit us now.  These tendencies lead us to focus on activities that separate us and provide short-term outcomes. When we reflect on what we really want, we say that we want healthy relationships, greater social […]

How Do You Organize for Collaborative Action?

How does one organize for collaborative action?  It seems that only a small percentage of lots of attempts at collaboration are being successful. Sometimes people naturally segregate, with each one basically doing his or her own thing, singing their own song.  Sometimes people flock, flowing as individuals somewhat together, singing the same song.  And, sometimes […]

Am I More Competitive When I Beat Someone or Offer a Better Solution?

Two very different definitions, easily confused. compete (verb) — to strive to gain or win something by defeating or establishing superiority over others who are trying to do the same compete (verb) — to act independently to secure an exchange with a third party by offering the most favorable terms The first definition implies beating someone, and the second implies offering […]

A SEE Change to Collaborative Capitalism – Recommended Reading

Waddock, S. and M. McIntosh, SEE Change: Making the Transition to a Sustainable Enterprise Economy. 2011, Sheffield, UK: Greenleaf Publishing. [You can read the first chapter of the book on its website, or see an interview with Sandra Waddock about it.] Waddock and McIntosh reframe the competition OR collaboration debate, showing how in smarter, more […]

Guest post — Creating a “Handbook on the Agreements Evidence Map”

Guest post by Eyal Drimmer, Certified Vibrancy Guide I want to share an innovation to the introduction of the harmonic vibrancy experience.  After collaborative reflections with Annabel Membrillo and Christoph Hinske and my own experience of trying it in a workshop, I documented the method (see Google Doc).  This builds on what Annabel posted earlier. […]