Many of us have come to understand that we need to reach out to new allies and partners if we’re going to make progress on the complex challenges we face. The Sustainable Development Goals adopted in 2015 offer an inspiring shared vision for humanity, but to practically realize them, we need a transformative approach that entails new levels and forms of collaboration.
But real collaboration is often much more difficult than we expect. Those that we need to work with are different from us. They may think differently and their ways of working, needs, values, and interests may be different than ours. Even if we have common interests and obvious reasons to work together, moving forward together can be challenging every step of the way.
This workshop will be a deep dive into the challenges and practices of collaboration. We will examine common misunderstandings and look at real life examples of effective cross-sector partnerships and multi-stakeholder alliances. We will learn how to create just enough structure for both agreement and disagreement while finding our way forward together. We will apply what we learn to our own context.Over the course of the day, you will gain skills and perspectives to help you to successfully:
- Recognize when and why it makes sense to collaborate
- Identify collaborators to help you achieve your goals
- Initiate collaboration with those that see themselves as your allies, competitors, or even adversaries
- Set up your collaboration to leverage the strengths of each member when working across sectors, disciplines and worldviews
- Sustain a healthy collaboration through embracing both conflict and connection
Register as a team from the same organisation, project, or partnership in order to maximize the impact on your collaboration efforts and receive a 15% discount for each team member.
DetailsDate: November 25, 2019
Time: 9h00 – 16h00
Location: Geneva (venue details will follow)
Cost: CHF 400/ EUR 375 per person including VAT
Discounts: 10% Early Bird Discount for Registrations before October 15, 2019 + 15% discount for teams of two or more.
Questions and more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
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A director of Reos Partners, Mille co-founded the Reos Partners offices in Johannesburg, São Paulo, and most recently, Geneva. Mille has facilitated multi-stakeholder collaborative initiatives around the world on topics including justice transformation, AIDS, children, education, democracy, peacebuilding, oceans, civil society, sustainable development and regional economic transitions.
Colleen is a director of Reos Partners based in South Africa. In this capacity she has facilitated multi-stakeholder collaborative initiatives in the areas of violence against women, climate change adaptation, food security, land reform, healthcare, education, mining safety, insurance, and support for orphans and vulnerable children, As a faculty member at the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science, Colleen teaches courses in systems thinking for organisations, Transformative Scenarios, participative practices for social change, and dialogue for solving tough problems.
Together Mille and Colleen co-authored Mapping Dialogue: Essential Tools for Social Change, which outlines a variety of transformative dialogue tools and change processes.
Reos Partners is an international social enterprise that helps people move forward together on their most important and intractable issues. Reos Partners designs, facilitates, and guides processes that enable teams of stakeholders to make progress on their toughest challenges. The approach is systemic, collaborative, and creative. Reos Partners works with governments, corporations, and civil society organizations on challenges such as education, health, food, energy, environment, development, justice, security, and peace.
The team operates both globally and locally, with offices in Cambridge (Massachusetts), Geneva, Johannesburg, Melbourne, Montréal, and São Paulo.
The name comes from the Greek “rheos,” which means “flow.”