Don't Scale. Platform

May 21, 2018
“Scale” has become the Holy Grail of many social innovations from corporate environmental stewardship to international development programs. So much so that “scale” deserves a Read More

Collaboration vs. Consensus

May 3, 2018
Most organizations are not democracies. Some are flatter or more hierarchical than others, but almost all reserve certain decisions to a small group — managers Read More

Deciding on the Degree of Integration

March 27, 2018
Toddlers engage in parallel play. They don’t actually play together; they play side-by-side, each engaged in his or her own game, occasionally interacting with the Read More

Involving the Target Population

March 12, 2018
Before you try to help someone, go talk to them. This seems obvious but surprisingly, few people actually do it. Much of philanthropy over the Read More

Defining Member Roles, Responsibilities, and Rights

March 7, 2018
Who’s in? Who’s not? What do people and organizations get and give for belonging? How well do they do when they are tasked to work Read More

4 Practices to Establish Partnership Identity

February 12, 2018
What are the first few things the founders of a new country create? Often before they finish the constitution or assigning leaders to important posts, Read More

Fail Fast, Fail Forward: How to Turn Mistakes into Opportunities

January 30, 2018
Don’t beat yourself up if you make a mistake. Beat yourself up if you make the same mistake twice. When teams set out to truly Read More

Growing a Community of Interest to Maximize the Impact of Your Partnership

January 25, 2018
Why do people join organizations?  Every year the American Society for Association Executives conducts a survey of representatives of organizations ranging from local chambers of Read More
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The course actually aids with more than just collaboration - it helps drive thinking into issue clarification, meeting handling and setting up, communicating with stakeholders. I loved it! - CollaborateUp Academy Participant
The course was great! Great value and great insights into collaborating with various partners in multiple situations. It really change my thought process and how I view situations with our clients and stakeholders. - CollaborateUp Academy Participant
"The CollaborateUp Workshop gave our delegates a set of tools they can use immediately to collaborate more effectively across multiple departments and organizations." - Erika Lopez, Global Impact
Extremely practical and extremely easy to implement once you have an understanding of the steps and the formula and the requirements of the process. - CollaborateUp Academy Participant
“Even with a diverse set of stakeholders and a very limited timeframe, the CollaborateUp Formula allowed us cut through a complex set of issues and develop a concrete and pragmatic proposal for tackling a very tough problem. Richard Crespin is exactly what you want in a facilitator, someone able to bring people together to recognize their shared goals and the best ways to achieve them.” - Amit Ronen Director, George Washington University Solar Institute
I soon discovered that it doesn’t really matter whether your introduction to CollaborateUp is through an issue solving workshop, or at an event as Richard brings all the chaos together with his savvy charm and good humour - the most important thing is that you get to engage and work with these great folks! My biggest take out over the past five years of being a part of their world – collaboration is a process and you’re not going to get very far unless you know what problem you’re all trying to solve together. The CollaborateUp framework helps by asking simple questions to help reveal the big answers. - Cate O’Kane, Founder, &co partnership consultancy
"Building up the capacity and capability of nonprofits to make a difference in the world is a core part of the Office Depot Foundation's mission. CollaborateUp had a really big impact on the nonprofits we support, giving them tools and insights they can use immediately." - Mary Wong