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Creating a sense of collective impact

Can a group of people tune into a spirit of collective impact? In my experience, yes! It can even happen among a group of not only diverse stakeholders, but those with controversial interests. In May 2003, 35 stakeholders—coffee producers, European coffee roasting industry players, and representatives of development organisations and major international NGOs—gathered in London for a meeting. On the agenda was a proposal to develop a baseline standard for sustainable green coffee production that would improve ecological and social practices and could lift coffee production to a more sustainable level by creating the first mainstream standards. The extremely ambitious
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How does collaboration work in practice?

Developing a mainstream sustainability standard for worldwide green coffee (as the 4C Association does) requires a joint approach between major coffee traders, standard organisations, international NGOs, coffee producers, and governments. Improving the infrastructure in Southern Africa – railways, ports, telecommunication, and roads – cannot take place without structured dialogue and firm collaboration between public and private actors in the field. Implementing sustainable water management worldwide (have a look at the ENTIRE project) requires collective action on the ground – by municipalities, companies, civil society organisations, and communities – and an exchange of best practices across nations, regions, and continents. A
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What causes you to change?

Our leadership journey is a path with hurdles and straights. It is a continuous re-organization of our identity in participation in and with the world. While we integrate experience, our mind selects and re-organizes memory. New patterns of our identity emerge. Our self is dismantled and re-built invisibly, sometimes more rapidly then we can grasp, sometimes slowly over time. Learning takes place, consciously or unconsciously. It seems not to matter what is ‘objectively’ taking place, so much as it matters what our perception is making of it.
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Collective Leadership: A Pattern of Human Competencies in Interaction

What do I mean by pattern of human competencies in interaction? My experience from successful collaboration is that the key to better co-creation is the presence of an interdependent and recursive pattern of centres – the six dimensions of collective leadership that mutually reinforce each other’s strength. Each dimension is a centre in the sense that it has its own dynamic and can be fostered and developed in many ways.
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Do you want to be separated?

Last week I wrote an article about invigorating networks that enable different actors to achieve common goals by collaboration. It is part of the engagement process which belter results with passion and inspiration towards collective action. You can start your engagement process following certain principles; but above all you should start to build a strong container. The totality of people in an organization implies always a variety of perspectives and emotionally charged agreements and disagreements. This is a challenge for a leader.
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Invigorating networks

Relationships are a basic human need. Within a supportive relationship environment we are developing a collaborative sustainable community. In today’s interconnected world you can choose different ways of networking. But all of them require an understanding of the integrated system of society and the partners you would like to collaborate with.
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Your life as a journey

Again, people are different, and so are their leadership journeys. There is no one model, there is no recipe. Some people are at their most creative on solitude. Some need to be nourished by regular encounters with nature. Others only become enthused when they can connect with people. They need to feel a deep human cord, a certain energy that is invoked by contact with other people.
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The Atmosphere of ‘Thinking Together’

How can we manage challenges of complexity and interdependence? Dialogic conversations are conscious designs of communication processes that allow people to voice their reality and create an atmosphere of respect and inclusion. The basic principle of every good dialogue is creating an atmosphere of ‘thinking together’.
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