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A POWERFUL TOOL TO MAKE STAKEHOLDER COLLABORATION WORK

Sometimes life is contradictory. One could suggest that in stakeholder collaboration people work together, because they are not strong enough to achieve their goal alone. This surely is true. And yet, without suggesting that everyone in a collaboration has to compete in order to be the stronger, my experience is that the stronger the collaboration partners, the better the collaboration quality. What does this mean in practice? (c) Collective Leadership Institute www.collectiveleadership.de If weak parties work together the likelihood of a successful outcome is low If parties with severe power differences work together and one party dominates, the likelihood of
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Biodiversity, Complexity and Collaboration

You may have sensed that the challenges of sustainability are complex. Take biodiversity loss as an example. This problem has so many multi-level causes that we are often unsure where to even start. A good place to start is to gather a variety of stakeholders in order to combine our expertise and make better decisions. Yet, these collaborations in turn create whole new systems of complexity. No wonder we get confused. Complexity, however, is the future normality so we might as well learn to enjoy it, rather than struggle in order to reduce it. Just as maintaining the complexity of biodiversity could
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Multi Stakeholder Collaborations Functioning As EcoSystems

What is an eco-system? An ecosystem is a dynamically alive collection of, what appears to be, loosely interconnected components and processes. An ecosystem can be a purely biological system within the natural environment, a group of companies united in finding sustainable solutions or even culturally replicating information patterns commonly referred to as memes. What all ecosystems have in common is that all parts are dependent upon each other to survive as well as mutually evolve. Furthermore, an eco-system thrives when the individual species within it thrive – albeit in a dynamic balance. In a similar way, each part of the
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Creating a collaborative field

The world has changed. Collaboration is high on the agenda for global change. In September 2015, the UN has announced the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals. One aspect is clear: multi-stakeholder collaboration between business, NGOs, government, the UN and communities will be essential to achieve the goals and they will be needed at a scale and quality that dwarfs current levels of collaboration. This is a heavy demand to place. The process of collaboration is often slow, with different levels of understanding around what it means to enter into a multi-stakeholder collaboration process. This leads to high transaction costs, meager results and
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Moving from events to high quality process architecture

I know many people who are determined to make the world a better place, by analysing the status quo, recommending and reminding of what needs to be done, or by pushing new agendas. But what startles me is how many of them tend to be locked in a strange paradigm – our habit of believing that it is events that change the world. Packed with key note speeches, panel discussions and so-called break-out sessions (breaking-out from what?) these publically noticeable events are built on the assumption that if the audience listens to new or convincing thoughts they get inspired and
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What is at the core of life enhancing leadership?

Leading has many faces. The history of humankind is witness to this. It is easy to determine what kind of leadership was not sustainable in the long run – though it might have been effective in the short term. It is much more difficult to identify the examples for leadership that centred on sustainability. But this does not mean we should stop thinking about it. Leading for sustainability is not something we really know how to do yet. Not every admired leader has created sustainability. Not every person doing good in the world has been a good leader. There are
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10 Ingredients for successful collective action

When we want to bring forth sustainability, we need to engage people. Be it in the area of sustainable production and consumption, environmental management, resource protection, responsible supply chain management, energy efficiency, climate adaptation, social cohesion, demographic change or sustainable business. My experience is that people engage when they resonate with the content and goal of an endeavor, an initiative, or a change process. The questions: what can we do to make this happen?
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Stakeholder engagement – a practical guide

Where collaboration initiatives for sustainability have been successful they built a step-by-step engagement of actors, as representatives of institutions and as people who opened up to making a difference. Plans were important, rigidity not. The role of a caretaker  is crucial – a person or core group who takes the change process further,  attends to engagement regularly and keeps the communication flowing. Combining flexibility and openness to adjustments with commitment and reliability is the key to success. Common Code for the Coffee Community Initiative No engagement can be maintained without a larger and emotionally charged vision for change that all actors
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A powerful tool to make stakeholder collaboration work

Sometimes life suggests contradictions. On could suggest that in stakeholder collaboration people work together, because they can’t achieve the goal alone. This is surely right. And yet, without suggesting that competition in collaboration is helpful, my experience is that the stronger the collaboration partners, the better the quality of collaboration. What does this mean in practice?
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Collective leadership at work

I believe the capacity for initiating, leading, facilitating and sustaining the construction of meaningful futures is within all of us. If you find collective leadership at work, you most probably experience the following situation: A group of people has in front of them a big challenge. They come from different background, they may have different expertise, and they may have different opinions on how to solve the issue. They get into a conversation about the way forward and what to do to solve the issue. The issue is so urgent that they can’t waste their time with blocking each other.
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