Creating containers and co-design: transforming collaboration Liz Weaver, Co-CEO, Tamarack Learning Centre

This paper was prepared for Tamarack’s Community Change Festival held in
Toronto, Canada from October 1-4, 2018. Learn more or to register visit:
http://events.tamarackcommunity.ca/community-change-festival

COLLABORATION AND COMPLEX PROBLEMS THE COLLABORATIVE PREMISE
It starts with collaboration. This is the coming together of two or more organizations to work collectively, share authority, decision-making and accountability to influence or resolve community opportunities or challenges. Collaboration is viewed as an opportunity for partners to create something new or scale up an existing approach together that might be impossible for a single organization to do on its own.
Collaboration has dominated the horizon of organizing for at least the last thirty years and perhaps longer. Funders have been encouraging and investing in organizations to collaborate to address complex community challenges. There are many reasons for collaboration to happen…

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