The really big sustainability challenges for your business can’t be solved by your business. But they can be solved by your business working in collaboration with others.
Working Collaboratively provides tools to help you understand and manage successful collaborations: identify potential collaborators, e.g. key players from other parts of the system; spot internal "ways of working" that support or get in the way of collaboration; use a range of techniques to explore win-wins with potential collaborators.
Collaboration means sharing decisions, resources, risks… and control. It means trusting others, sharing your weaknesses as well as your strengths and taking the time to find win-wins (or compromises). It requires a leap of faith, because you never know what will emerge from the chaotic early steps.
Drawing on examples of collaboration between strange bedfellows, this practical guide will help you take the first steps towards building sustainable solutions together.
1. Start at the end – "What"2. Who might collaborate with you?3. Co-developing your ways of working – "How"4. Finding the common ground – revisiting the What5. Formalising6. What kinds of things get done collaboratively?7. Keeping things going8. Case studies9. Summary of first steps Bibliography Further reading Useful organisations
DōShorts are a collection of concise, high-quality books for professionals, including a guide to the circular economy, the use of digital media in brand-builidng, integrated reporting, and how-to guides on producing a sustainability report, measuring a building's energy use, and valuing natural and social capital. They address one sustainability challenge at a time and can be read in 90 minutes. We aim to make those 90 minutes deliver value on a par with an expert seminar or master class.
The collection includes practical how-to guides as well as framework pieces and business briefings that give an expert overview of cutting edge developments in a wide range of fields.