Ian Dixon shares the biggest challenges and the vital skills required when entering into a partnership.
As the world continues to face many complex challenges there is now a clear recognition these ‘tough problems’ will not be solved by ‘business as usual’. The traditional isolated methods and systems of government, education, not-for-profit organisations and business fall short of the mark.
The time has come for dramatic change – a change we must embrace if we are to see results rather than rhetoric.
This global momentum around cross- sector partnering also has resulted from the emergence of new approaches to developing a more sustainable and equitable world such as ‘Shared Value’, ‘Blended Value’, ‘Collective Impact’ and ‘Impact Investing’.
All these approaches involve the different sectors coming together and working in new ways to achieve transformational change and innovation and create greater impact than by working alone.
The time has come for dramatic change – a change we must embrace if we are to see results rather than rhetoric. This is reflected in the significant increase being observed in efforts for system reforms and innovation. To achieve this, however, it is crucial to understand that working with complex or intractable issues requires a different way of operating if a sustainable change is to be achieved. Partnering – specifically cross sector partnering – is the means to this end.
Over ten years worth of evidence, both anecdotal and empirical, demonstrates that cross sector partnering is being used more and more to find solutions to the significant challenges in the ‘too hard basket’; such as unemployment, poverty, pollution, an ageing population, economic pressures, and increasing productivity through innovation.
This paper addresses the challenges around maximising the potential and value from cross sector partnering and what it takes for individuals and organisations to set the right conditions for this to occur.
In these tough economic times many small SME’s and micro businesses in Australia are struggling to survive, let alone compete in larger markets or on large scale projects.
Challenges include increasing costs; a loss of competitive advantage due to the high Australian dollar; a lack of skilled resources; supply chain procurement driven by large companies and the need for large scale to compete in national and global markets
While small businesses are often the catalyst for great ideas and world-class intellectual property, they typically lack the resources, experience or distribution networks to take the next step in growth.
This article discusses how small businesses can succeed through high impact business to business (B2B) partnering, what does it take to partner well and what makes a good partner.
‘Partnering in Mental Health’
‘When we think of change we inevitably think of the negative aspects and that we may lose something. The other way to look at change is to embrace it and seek out the opportunities that it can provide, however, we must first accept that change needs to take place. The next step is to take a proactive approach and design the changes rather than wait for them to be imposed by others’.
Mental Health is undergoing some major transformation
right around the country. With greater recognition of this area and significant reforms on the horizon, such as the National Disability Insurance Scheme, moves towards fully individualised offerings and significant additional funding from the Federal Government announced in 2011, it is a sector poised for change.
This article was published in newparadigm by Psychiatric Disability Services in Victoria.
‘How to build effective partnerships between the Business, Government, Community and Education Sectors’
Today we are faced with many sustainable development challenges across the world, which if not addressed and resolved in some way will threaten our very existence. Climate change, energy shortages, droughts, poverty, environmental pollution, epidemics such as HIV and economic and social disadvantage are just some of those challenges.
Partnerships between business, government, community and education are critical to addressing these challenges and to achieving global sustainable development.
This paper addresses the key challenges faced when entering into a cross sector partnership, what it takes to develop an effective partnership that actually delivers real results and what are some of the critical components that need attention in the partnering process.