The Collaboration Instinct is now available on AMAZON

Yes, collaboration is a bit of buzzword. But behind the buzz there is a kind of timeless truth in the proposition that in ever disruptive systems such as business, government or society, complex problems cannot be solved unless collaborative effort is involved. Collaboration is much more than a mere sum of parts. It is not just a combined effort by two or more parties. Its essence is in the very nature of things, albeit hidden from plain view.


“The Collaboration Instinct hits a grand slam as the author defines collaboration via research and business examples so the reader understands appropriate collaboration results in aiding companies and organizations not only produce great products, but help them be globally sustainable.  This is a book that every manager and leader should purchase and share with their team to not only improve key performance indicators through a collaborative approach, but enrich the quality of people’s life and well-being.”

Rose K. Gantner, Ed.D.
CEO – Well Works Publishing and Consulting

“The world in which we live and work is increasingly complex and interconnected.  We strive for success in an environment rife with interdependencies.  Often these essential connections go unnoticed and are taken for granted.  It is only disruption and catastrophe that cause us to think about those services and providers that we depend upon for our success.  It is this complexity and dependency that drives the thesis put forward by Jelenko Dragisic in “The Collaboration Instinct.” In each chapter he unpicks the foolhardiness of isolation and exposes the opportunities that arise from embracing complexity through improved collaboration.  Dragisic demonstrates through these pieces both the habits of thinking that disable collaboration and many of the strategies that might help us to collaborate more effectively.  All of this leads to the inescapable conclusion that we must collaborate better in order to succeed in our complex and interconnected global community.”

Professor Paul Arbon AM
Director – Torrens Resilience Institute

“This book provides an innovative approach for ‘Not-for-Profits’ and Corporates to form successful partnerships.  The Collaborative model may be the solution to establish long term successful partnerships for the mutual benefit for all participants. Board and Committee members of ‘Not-for-Profit’ organisations will especially benefit from exploring the collaborative approach to building resilient organisations that can grow and expand to meet their socially responsible objectives.”

Clem Campbell OAM
Chairman – Earth Charter Australia

“This book covers a range of the most important aspects of collaboration, and takes us right from office level collaboration through to a national perspective.  Jelenko Dragisic’s passion and insight into collaboration shines through on every page.”

Cai Kjaer
CEO and Co-Founder – SWOOP Analytics

BookCoverWHEN WE STOPPED EATING BANANAS: Disaster Resilience: Ten Years After Tropical Cyclone Larry (e-book)

Following TC Larry in March 2006 the word resilience was not something Australian political leaders used regularly when discussing disasters. Now 10 years on, no politician would dare to mention the word disaster without mentioning the concept of resilience. Many times. And that’s a good thing. But what happened that brought on such a change? A lot of record breaking natural disasters as well as a lot of political, economic and technological disruption for a start.

This monograph is an attempt to survey that period through a prism of personal observations during my involvement in disaster recovery and disaster resilience work that to me seems like a fast moving train. Thus this moment to pause and ponder.