Collaborate’s highlights of 2018
As another challenging year for the UK and beyond draws to a close, the Collaborate team have spent some time together looking back over the past 12 months, exploring what we are learning from our work with places and organisations from across different sectors. We have also looked ahead, and made an early collective new year’s resolution for 2019: to be bold about the future we are trying to create. We will explore this further in our January newsletter, sharing the questions we have identified and some ideas about how we’ll do it.
But it’s Christmas! So for now I want to acknowledge the progress we and our partners have made in what has also been a busy, exciting and productive 2018.
Here are our highlights:
Exploring the future of funding & commissioning
Building on our ground-breaking report A Whole New World, written with Dr Toby Lowe, we have spent the past six months convening large-scale workshops around the country for commissioners, providers and funders who are developing more people-centered, collaborative approaches to funding and commissioning (a huge thank you to the Big Lottery Fund for their support for this work). There’s been lots of interest in these conversations (8000 views of the report and counting!), and in February will be publishing a new report which will be full of examples and practical steps for the many people who want to fund and commission in a way that reflects the complexity of social issues. Watch this space!
Progress in place-based system change with Barking & Dagenham and Lankelly Chase
We are two years into Lankelly Chase’s place-based system change inquirywith Barking and Dagenham, and this work has generated rich learning and insights which we will publish in 2019. We have worked at different levels within the system; some things have worked well and some things have been more challenging, but all of the work has taught us all something useful about what place-based system change and the Lankelly system behaviours really mean in the context of place. We hope that next year we will build on the progress made so far by building new collaborations to tackle some deep-rooted complex issues in the borough. This ‘grand challenge’ approach will draw on Mariana Mazzucato’s work about mission-orientated innovation and collaboration.
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Today we are pleased to launch Collaborate’s new Manifesto for a Collaborative Society.21/01/2020 15:43:00
Over the past year, building on work with our partners and conversations with a wide range of people, we have asked: what if we could change the lens through which we see our world – from individualism, competition, hierarchy and heroic leadership, to collaboration, mutuality, networks and shared leadership? What if this became the dominant way of working? What difference would this make?
Starting with purpose, not projects: learning from a Council-Funder collaboration17/10/2019 16:47:00
Over the past three years we have been working with colleagues at Newcastle Business School (Northumbria University) exploring alternative approaches to commissioning, funding and managing social support which better respond to real-life complexity.
Embracing a Different Worldview: Collaborative Society Reflections07/08/2019 12:20:00
In January the Collaborate team set out our new year’s resolution for 2019: to be bold about the future we want to create.
Connecting the pioneers of future public services through the Upstream Collaborative02/08/2019 13:37:00
An exciting new partnership between Nesta and Collaborate.
Embracing complexity to do what’s best for people15/07/2019 13:20:00
Toby Lowe and Dawn Plimmer discuss funding, commissioning and managing services in a world where relationships rather than KPIs or simplistic numerical targets are what matters most.
Place-based system change: Demystifying the practice13/06/2019 16:37:00
For over two years now Collaborate has been a partner in Lankelly Chase’s action inquiry into how places can be supported to build the nine system behaviours that they have identified as foundational to system change. As Lankelly set out in their approach to change document,
Building a Collaborative Society: The Power of Community28/05/2019 12:20:00
Collaborate has a resolution for 2019: to be bold about the future we want to create.
Collaborate CIC’s Summer 2019 Event14/05/2019 13:20:00
We are delighted to announce that Collaborate CIC will be hosting an evening event on Thursday 13th June – How can we build a Collaborative Society?
Reflections on the value of a place-based plan from Hannah Anderson, Director at Collaborate CIC18/04/2019 13:20:00
For some time now Collaborate has been an advocate of the place-based plan; a collaborative statement of intent across key organisations that draws on a range of insights, and sets out an ambitious, place-specific approach to improving outcomes.