Transforming

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The case for action

Growing numbers in all sectors and fields are recognising the importance of skilful partnership brokering in ensuring partnerships have maximum impact on the critical issues of our times. But we still have a lot of convincing, engaging and influencing to do.

And as a decentralised organisation – with our core team, associates, alumni network, host and partner organisations operating in many different locations across the world – we already have significant global reach.

Partnership process management / brokering needs support in terms of both recognition and investment – we firmly believe it should be mainstreamed not side-lined and seen as central not optional to transformative partnering practices. We seek to do promote the value of partnership brokering through our learning, training and supporting work…

…but this is not enough. We need to have impact at a strategic and systemic level and we do this through a mix of gap-filling new initiatives and through active movement building. Please see below for information about our current initiatives:

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Remote Partnering Programme

Programme Curator: Catherine Russ – cathruss@gmail.com

Many – perhaps most – partnerships have to operate largely or wholly long-distance and, till now, there has been very little attention paid to this as a key partnering challenge. A number of international organisations – Act Alliance; Action Against Hunger; British Red Cross; Care International; Humanitarian Leadership Academy; Oxfam; Partnership Resources Centre; PAX for Peace and Save the Children crowd funded the design and pilot of an on-line certificate in Remote Partnering Practice. Outputs include:

Working with Donors

Programme Curator: Rafal Serafin – rafal@partnershipbrokers.org

This project aims to explore the crucial role that donors have in supporting (or inhibiting) multi-stakeholder collaboration. Essentially it aims to understand the realities for donors in getting the balance right between exercising due diligence and giving space for the innovation and risk so necessary for transformative and impactful partnering. How can donors invest better in building robust and effective partnerships? Working with a number of entities including the Global Alliance for Community Philanthropy, Open Society Foundations and UNHCR as well as key individuals a number of exciting initiatives are under development.

Visit the project website: www.workingwithdonors.org.

Partnering under Pressure

Programme Curator: Ros Tennyson – ros@partnershipbrokers.org

The latest in our portfolio of new initiatives under discussion with a number of lead agencies in the global humanitarian sector – looking to create a comprehensive support programme for those struggling to create effective partnerships in contexts of high risk, disaster relief, conflict or other fragile contexts.

Building a global movement for change

Programme Manager: Joanna Pyres – joannapyres@gmail.com

We aim to broker relationships with other entities to strengthen efforts across the globe that are dedicated to transforming collaborative practice.  We are helping to build and shape a movement that:

  • Engages with others working in parallel initiatives including: Collective Impact; Shared Value; Presencing Institute and the Art of Hosting)
  • Leveragesour global networks of trained partnership brokers to help them to challenge and change out-dated partnering practices;
  • Makes the caseto decision-makers for mainstreaming for partnership process management
  • Ensures that we all challenge and change on the basis that, like everyone else in the partnering space, we don’t know what we don’t know

Webinar series

Programme Manager: Michelle Halse – michelle@livingcollaborations.com

Access the webinar hosted by PBA with Adam Kahane who based on his book Collaborating with the Enemy discusses the notion of ‘stretch collaboration’ that challenges conventional notions of what it takes to truly collaborate…

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

Promoting Transformational Partnerships

From our survey with partnership brokers operating in different contexts, we have created a list of ‘tips’ for those striving for partnerships that are truly transformative.  This was presented to a large audience of international NGOs and donors at the Start Network’s annual conference in May 2016:

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Transformation matters!

We warmly welcome others to join this movement for change.