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Fascinating stories from partnership practice.

PBA is launching a new knowledge sharing initiative. Twice a month we will be publishing compelling, interesting, and sometimes thought-provoking papers which have been conceived and created by alumni of the PBA Accreditation Programme.

Inviting readers to dive into individual journeys of reflection, authors share the insights gained during their mentored practice. These individual stories of exploration of partnerships, of self and others, and of learning, are important pieces. Each of which is contributing to a colourful, diverse, and ever-growing mosaic of what partnership brokers do to achieve real transformation.

These papers have been entirely written by candidates, and have not been edited by PBA.

This month we are looking into the ART & SCIENCE of partnership brokering. Starting the series off, we are presenting you with a marvellous paper on artistic expression as a tool for deep self-reflection by CAROLYN WAYE.

The author’s background as a singer has taught her that song can often express mood and thought in a way that is hard to duplicate using other methods of communication. Mentorship and self-reflection helped the author find the strength to express her learnings through song thereby finding deeper meaning and connections to her work. The author hopes this exploration will help brokers be open to embracing courageous new ways of strengthening their brokering practises through artistic expression. This paper suggests that incorporating artistic expression into self-reflection and partnership processes can open the mind to insights in professional practise.

Read Carolyn’s paper here. If you would like to share your comments with the author or us, please email learning@partnershipbrokers.org.

 

 

‘Shaping Sustainable Change’ is published

PBA is delighted to announce the publication of Shaping Sustainable Change: The role of partnership brokering in optimising collaborative action. The idea of writing the book was first discussed in 2014 and, a year later, was given impetus by the positioning of multi-actor partnerships as central to the achievement of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. At the same time, increasing attention was being paid to the role played by individuals and organisations who acted as ‘boundary spanners’ and ‘bridge-builders’ for these relationships. Shaping Sustainable Change aims to make the case for partnership brokering and share information on this emerging profession. In order to offer a useful blend of theory and practice, the book combines the knowledge and experience of PBA’s international network of associates and alumni with perspectives from wider literature and the academic arena. The first section explores the profile and key activities carried out by partnership brokers, and the skills and competencies required to undertake this role. This is followed by examples of partnership brokering practice in relation to different contexts, sectors, themes and partnering phases. The process of compiling the publication has involved a committed group of authors, peer reviewers, editors and proofreaders to whom we are immensely grateful. We hope that the book does justice to the work of partnership brokers everywhere and reinforces the importance of their contribution to building transformational collaborative arrangements for a more equitable and sustainable world.

You can purchase your copy here.

 

London PBT course, 23-26 October

Our next Partnership Brokers Training course in London, UK, will be held on 23rd – 26th October 2018. Please go to our training programme page for the course brochure and application form.

WEF to host another PBT course in Geneva

Following the success of last year’s Geneva PBT course, the World Economic Forum will host the PBT course once again on 30-31 October and 1-2 November 2018. The course brochure and application form are available on our training programme page.

Washington DC Training

Our next course is in Washington DC 10th to 13th July. Visit our training page for a brochure and application.

Recording of the webinar with Adam Kahane

80+ participants took part in a discussion with Adam Kahane, author of ‘Collaborating with the Enemy – How to Work with People You Don’t Agree with or Like or Trust’. In his book Adam introduced the notion of ‘stretch collaboration’, which takes us beyond conventional collaboration where we can control what happens (the goal, plans, roles, even outcomes). In the webinar he talks about collaboration, power, control, people’s needs and the choices they face when they collaborate…

If you were not able to participate in the webinar, you can watch the recorded discussion here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zswZLJuXa88&feature=youtu.be

 

Celebrating the first cohort completing the on-line Certificate in Remote Partnering…

The pilot of our new on-line Remote Partnering Certificate (Level 1) was completed mid March 2018. Read more.

Certificate in Remote Partnering

– pilot starts in February 2018 with around 80 partnership practitioners enrolled. More information www.remotepartnering.org

Our First Partnership Brokers Training in Geneva with the World Economic Forum

Our trainers, Ros Tennyson and Julie Mundy worked with a diverse and interesting group of people during the flagship Partnership Brokers Association Training in Geneva in November 2017.  The World Economic Forum hosted us at their headquarters overlooking Lake Geneva. The challenges of high-level multi-stakeholder partnerships supporting the SDGs, the humanitarian sector, food security and climate change, and public-private partnerships were popular topics of discussion during the course.  Congratulations to our new graduates who are now part of the PBA worldwide alumni.

Geneva Partnership Brokers Training Nov 2017

 

New Training Dates 2018

We’ve been adding new dates and locations for training in 2018, and there will be more listed as we approach the end of 2017.  For an up-to-date list, please visit our Training Page.