Today we are seeing a greater blurring of boundaries between the business, government and community sectors. The growth of the digital economy and the disruption taking place in so many industry areas is turning business models upside down, forcing us to recalibrate the traditional roles that sectors, industries and organisations have played in the past.
How often do we see large-scale change initiatives flounder as individuals and organisations try to ‘make it’ happen. Armed with a plan and a set of tasks they focus on activities rather than the overall system in which they are operating.
Many organisations today promote partnering as a way of doing business and if you look at their promotional material you will see the word partnering mentioned many times. But how many of these organisations really have a good understanding of just what partnering is and how they should be going about it? Are they really positioning themselves to gain maximum value from their partnering initiatives?
The South Australian Volunteering Strategy was launched in 2014. It is a cross sector partnership that has been developed to improve the experience of volunteers, enhance the outcomes for volunteer involving organisations, and help meet South Australia’s Strategic Plan target to maintain a volunteer participation rate of 70% or better.
In June this year Ian Dixon travelled to Roma in South West Queensland to conduct a 2-day Partnering Workshop for Senior Managers around ‘Partnering in Mental Health’. The workshop was initiated by the Darling Downs and South West Queensland Partners in Recovery program and co-sponsored by Aftercare and Uniting Community Care. The brief for this workshop was to impart cross sector partnering knowledge and skills to the group but also to enable a focus on practical issues around mental health in South West Queensland.
As more and more organisations embrace cross sector partnering to enable their collective impact or shared value initiatives, the focus is turning to how we can get the best results from this type of collaboration? And how do we build the capability and skills of those involved in cross sector partnering and quickly?