Monthly Archives May 2018

Towards a governance of trust: Leading collectively in multi-stakeholder partnerships

Republished from the article in the GREAT Insights Magazine, Volume 5, Issue 2. March/April 2016.           For Agenda 2030 to succeed, joint CSO-business partnerships become increasingly important. However, their success hinges on the capacity to lead change collectively. Governance structures need to reflect this. The recently adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are not only complex and interlinked, but also challenging to achieve by 2030. As partnerships between civil society organisations (CSOs) and business form a vital part of SDGs implementation, their ability to succeed is paramount. Yet, both sides are pushed beyond their comfort zone as
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Living systems have no exits – Collaboration is our only option

To be at that time on the clock of the universe when we can make that huge change from ‘othering’ other people to feeling that they are part of us and we are part of them – that’s a wonderful opportunity. It is a wonderful time to be alive – Grace Lee Boggs Collaboration for sustainability requires well-functioning groups of collective leaders. Such leaders can be labelled management teams, project teams, core groups, committees, partnership teams, task forces, working groups or a network of CEO’s, but what they all have in common is that they work together as a collective.
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