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One of the staples of the collaboration discipline is its capacity to provide a platform for solving major, large scale and wicked problems. In fact, it’s fair to say that it is precisely these kinds of challenges that originally led global thinkers, business leaders and political decision makers to start turning to collaboration as a principal strategy. From then on, collaboration started to appeal to various stakeholders who realise that size doesn’t matter when collaboration is in question. This edition of selected reading provides a few examples worth noting for the endorsement they have across the spectrum.

 

 

Obama Says Collaboration Is Best Response to Global Challenges

Washington — President Obama said U.S. foreign policy will place greater emphasis on global collective action through international institutions and alliances, saying multinational cooperation has shown itself to be the most successful and sustainable response to instability, terrorism, climate change, poverty and other 21st-century challenges. Speaking May 28 at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York, Obama said the United States remains the “indispensable nation” on the global stage. He rejected calls from domestic critics for it to pursue a more isolationist role in the world…READ ON

 

Collaborate or die alone’: Twitter Canada director says

bu-twitter tech-29  Hannah Yoon,Record staff Kirstine Stewart, managing director and of Twitter Canada, speaks at the 2014 Tech Leadership Conference in Kitchener on Thursday.

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Hannah Yoon,Record staff
Kirstine Stewart, managing director and of Twitter Canada, speaks at the 2014 Tech Leadership Conference in Kitchener on Thursday.

When Kirstine Stewart was appointed managing director of Twitter Canada last year and charged with the job of building the Twitter team here, there were expressions of surprise. Stewart, who has degree in literature, was vice-president of CBC’s English services, a big-media organization with 5,000 employees delivering news and entertainment content over audio, television and digital operations…READ ON

 

Enabling collaboration through improved mobile connectivity

Survey results from Economist Intelligence Unit in November 2012 showed collaboration as a key strategy, with 51 per cent of respondents claiming their suppliers are ideally placed to suggest best practice rather than solely looking inside the organisation. By working closer with suppliers, improvements to logistics, manufacturing and processes will help strengthen operations and enable responsiveness to market changes…READ ON

 

Collaboration bearing fruit for SMEs

The ongoing collaboration between SME Corp and BAE Systems to develop local SMEs is bearing fruit. Richard McKie, director for offset programmes and group business development at BAE Systems, noted that there are success stories from the collaboration between the two countries such as Composites Technology Research Malaysia Sdn Bhd (CTRM). “A lot of these stories do fall under the radar. But we have about four or five companies now collaborating with companies in Malaysia. Our personnel are coming in and we have developed successful SME relationships here,” McKie said…READ ON

 

Collaboration: turning competition into partners

Competition in the financial services industry is becoming tense today. Financial institutions face double competition from direct and indirect competitors, as well as having to juggle pressure to regain customer loyalty and restore their status as a central institution for all financial services. Due to changes in the market, the majority of competition is no longer limited to direct competitors. The number of players specialising in different financial services (such as payments or leasing) is increasing rapidly, and their activity is becoming more intensive. Retailers and telecommunications organisations are among the strongest indirect competitors today, and they attract customers for their flexibility and good customer service…READ ON

 

Our way of thinking about collaboration is about to change

If your idea of an effective collaborative environment is a Google Doc, Lander Muruaga wants to have a few words with you. Lander is an interaction designer and independent experience design consultant from Barcelona. He believes ‘everything is connected,’ and brings that mindset to his work with international companies and organizations when he helps them to conceptualize and design digital products, systems and processes. He says that, while humans have a natural desire to collaborate and help one another, we need to take collaboration one step further and adapt to new and changing environments…READ ON

 

…and now for something completely different…

 

Volunteering + social impact = mental health improvement

Four in five volunteers believe electing to help has had a positive effect on their health. Photograph: Image Source/Getty Images

Four in five volunteers believe electing to help has had a positive effect on their health. Photograph: Image Source/Getty Images

A report suggests that four in five volunteers believe their volunteering activity has had a positive effect on their health. Research published today by Citizens Advice Bureau indicates that volunteering boosts self-esteem, employabilty and health – especially mental health. In order to celebrate Volunteer’s Week we asked readers to tell us about their experiences…READ ON

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