Repeatedly Co-Creating and Ruthlessly Prioritizing

Successful Co-Creation Requires Partners to Continually Prioritize and Make Decisions:

One of the hallmarks of a good partnership is the ability of its leaders to make decisions quickly and effectively and at the same time the more people have a chance to influence a decision or program, the more ownership and responsibility they feel for its success. Our Partnership Engagement System's first principle is to clarify purpose, as many partnerships expend great effort to identify and ground the partners in a common purpose when they first launch. Effective partnerships work hard to ensure all the partners maintain that clear connection to the overarching purpose of the partnership throughout their existence.

Our Collective Impact Field Guide allows partners to continually co-create and prioritize through tools like work plans. Such tools as work plans help easy co-creation and refocuses partners on the partnerships prioritized goals.








The backbone orgnaization works with the partnerships leadership to pick specific opportunities to co-create with the existing and prospective partners (ideally including representatives of the target population, but always keeping the target populations needs in mind). This also helps the leadership to figure out what the partnership should do, and what it should not do. Leadership requires making choices. Involving the partners in making choices and in the process of ruthlessly prioritizing, the use of precious partnership resources helps keep the partnership together by both keeping them engaged. While the backbone organization doesn’t necessarily create the work plan, it creates the enabling conditions for great work planning and provides support as needed and depending on your partnership skills, you may need more or less support.

Want to know the ‘‘How To’’ of effective co-creation and work planning and how setting up a Backbone Organization can help? or are you looking to build an expansive multi-sector partnership? have an idea, but aren't sure how to execute or communicate to potential partners? CollaborateUp wants to help make your co-creation a realityCollaborateUp Academy presents the opportunity for action-oriented social entrepreneurs & intrapreneurs like you to come together and develop the skills needed to tackle the world's most complex challenges. You or your colleagues can attend an upcoming Academy in March 2018 and engage with other collaborators and build your network right here in Washington, D.C.! Visit our website and register today!

That’s not all!  Interested in knowing about the other 26 practices of our Partnership Engagement System? Then read the full article HERE.


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