“Collaboration” encompasses a wide spectrum of collective actions – from one-time, ad-hoc events (flash mobs) and informal peer groups (like this one) to formal, ongoing, strategic and operational arrangements (chapters, alliances, coalitions, cooperative programs, mergers etc.). What are the similarities that differentiate “collaboration” from transactional exchanges such as sub-contracting, grant making, or service agreements? What are the key areas of consideration in forming a collaborative initiative (membership, accountability/authority, leadership roles etc)? What organizational models (fiscal sponsorship, separate 501(c)3, member/chapter association, etc.) work best for which types of collaboration? When does it make sense to have paid staff, what role do they play, and who do they report to? In addition to the important intangibles, such as trust, cultural fit, leadership etc., are there any best practice examples of concrete tools, communication processes, back-office systems etc. that are key to supporting successful collaborations?
Please bring at least one collaboration related resource or case study example to share with the group. Here’s one on Collective Impact to to get us started: http://www.fsg.org/tabid/191/ArticleId/211/Default.aspx?srpush=true
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Facilitating this month’s discussion is Shelley Hamilton, Executive Director of MarinSpace.