Tough Collaboration in Action


Workshop for teams

with Adam Kahane and Ian Prinsloo
at Dalhousie University, Halifax
Sept 27, 1:00–6:00 pm. Session 1 at the University Club. (Registration at 12:30)
Sept 28, 9:30 am–3:30 pm. Session 2 at the Collaborative Health Education Building, Room 311, Summer St. at University Ave.
No charge. To apply, see below.

Many of us have come to the conclusion that we have to reach out to new allies and partners if we’re going to get the results we want. But real collaboration is often a lot tougher than we expect. Maybe these new partners think differently from us. There could be a history of distrust. We suspect there are hidden agendas. There is no visible common ground.

This workshop will be a deep dive into the challenges and practices of “tough collaboration” and an opportunity to apply these practices to our own projects. We will examine common misunderstandings and look at real-life examples. We will learn how to create “just enough” structure for both agreement and disagreement, and for finding our way forward together.

Who should apply?

  • teams of 2-4 people who are actively engaged in the same collaborative project

Preference will be given to projects that

  • involve more than one sector (e.g., nonprofit, government, academia, business)
  • are tackling issues that are relevant to all Nova Scotians
  • are experiencing the challenges of collaboration and would thus benefit from this workshop

The selection committee will also be looking for

  • a good mix of projects from across geography, sectors and cultural communities

To apply

Scroll down and answer the questions below. Note that there is no charge for the workshop, though participants will be responsible for their own expenses (e.g., travel, any meals except Wednesday lunch, accommodation).

About the workshop leaders

adam_kahane.pngOver the past 25 years, Adam Kahane and his Reos colleagues have worked with multi-sector teams from across the globe on issues ranging from food sustainability, the drug problem in the Americas, health equity in the United States, and child development in Canada. Read more here.

The results of some of these ambitious projects have been documented in best-selling books such as Solving Tough Problems, Power and Love: A Theory and Practice of Social Change, and Transformative Scenario Planning. Nelson Mandela said of Solving Tough Problems: “This breakthrough book addresses the central challenge of our time: finding a way to work together to solve the problems we have created.” Kahane’s Ian_Prinsloo.pngforthcoming book, Collaborating with the Enemy, will uncover the misunderstandings that often sabotage well-intentioned collaborations and introduce practices for avoiding roadblocks.

Ian Prinsloo is a consultant with Reos Partners who is also on the Leadership Development faculty at the Banff Centre (now the Peter Lougheed Leadership Institute). Ian works with a wide range of organizations in the corporate and nonprofit sectors and is a regular lecturer at Kaospilots in Denmark.



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