In the early stages of partnering we usually see the champions taking the lead, bringing potential partners together, exploring and scoping partnering possibilities and facilitating discussions. It could be one person or several people, but they are the initial drivers. It may even be a partnership broker acting as a catalyst for bringing potential partners together.
One of greatest challenges we face today is how to meet the ever increasing service demands of communities with reducing budgets. As our population grows communities will continue to demand more and more services and we will be presented with many new social challenges.