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Most Virtual Meetings Suck. Here’s How to Make Them Better!

Most Virtual Meetings Suck. Here’s How to Make Them Better!

If COVID-19 enforced working-from-home means endless badly run teleconferences, I quit. Fortunately, virtual meetings don’t actually all have to be “A Conference Call in Real Life” (which if you haven’t seen, stop reading now and watch it and “A Video Conference in...

Making Backbone Organizations Work

Getting people from across the public, private, and civil sectors to effectively work together comes down to one fundamental question: how do you get people to work with you who don’t work for you? Humans excel at getting people to work with us who do work for us....

Enough with all the Cost-Plus Contracting Already

Enough with all the Cost-Plus Contracting Already

Tackling 3 Myths Around Cost-Plus Contracting  from our CEO and Master Collaborator, Richard Crespin I’ve worked in government contracting on-and-off for nearly three decades, supporting federal defense, intel, and civilian agencies. And in all that time, I...

Co-Creation, the BAA, and the Nature of Humanity

Four Tips for Unlocking Creativity without Short-Circuiting Your Brain from our CEO & Master Collaborator, Richard Crespin Imagine you had lived your whole life up to this point under a benign dictatorship. You live under the dictator’s strict regimen of rules...

Not-So-Passionate about Passion Voting

Not-So-Passionate about Passion Voting

A Small Change to Avoid Big Mistakes from Groupthink  by Beth Skorochod, CollaborateUp's Director of Practice The meeting is the most fundamental form of human collaboration. You really can’t get anything significant done that involves more than one...

Collaboration vs. Consensus

Collaboration vs. Consensus

Most organizations are not democracies. Some are flatter or more hierarchical than others, but almost all reserve certain decisions to a small group — managers or leaders. In a multi-stakeholder collaboration, though, is this also true? Many people seem to think the...