Collaborations evolve over time from the first stages of exploration of potential partners and outcomes, through the formative stages, when partners formalize their relationships and implement and achieve outcomes, to the final stage of transformation or dissolution. Because they rarely follow a neat, linear path, they require a continuous investment of time to negotiate and revitalize the efforts.
An inspiring talk challenged one leader to ramp up her efforts to make a difference in her community. She started by bringing together a small group of trusted community champions one Saturday morning to work with her to share her passion for positive change. That early meeting resulted in a cascade of initiatives, each one aimed at addressing a different issue in the community and mobilizing significant community assets and people across sectors and neighbourhoods. A number of the collaboration initiatives were spun off to operate independently, or came to a natural end after achieving their goals.