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Spring Newsletter: Collaboration is the new competition; but how do you make it work? – A word from our CEO
 

We are excited to share with you our quarterly newsletter, which revolves around collaboration and creating shared outcomes.

For most of us it comes as no surprise that the best (and most likely, only) way to solve complex problems is collaboration. For too long organizations have tried to do projects in isolation and fragmentation, unwilling to share with competitors. Organizational collaboration is not easy, as even the best intentions will be crippled by ineffective organization and execution. On top of that, a pervasive attitude of sustainability initiatives has been that it is somehow evil to focus on business interests and competing agendas—but ignoring  competitive elements of industry, civil society, and governments alike, is a clear recipe for failure.

In our experience there are three drivers of success for any successful collaboration:

1. Create a shared vision and concrete, measureable definition of success

2. Establish clear roles and responsibilities with effective structures of accountability and transparency

3. Create incentives for each actor to behave according to the new rules and expectations

Effectively facilitating these three drivers of success depends strongly on a neutral and trusted facilitator that understands content and context, and has the ability and authority to act. At NewForesight, we pride ourselves for successfully initiating, shaping, and driving over fifteen different collaborative multi-stakeholder initiatives in the last five years. In the newsletter below, we highlight two of these initiatives: CocoaAction and the Organic Cotton Accelerator.

Our message is clear: collaboration is an enabler of large-scale, structural, and sustainable positive impact—and it requires craftsmanship to get it right.

Contact us if you wish to know more about how we can help you initiate, shape, and drive successful collaborative partnerships. I hope you enjoy reading our newsletter.

With best regards,

Lucas Simons

Founder and CEO of NewForesight Consultancy and ScopeInsight

Author of Changing the Food Game