Collaboration can look like a lifeline for many organizations. In Oregon, 86 percent of nonprofits reported they collaborate with each other, according to the Nonprofit Association of Oregon. Most businesses large and small also develop partnerships of all varieties with complementary firms.
We don’t have data on this, but we’re pretty sure most of these attempts at working together look much better on paper than they do in practice. After all, collaboration has been described as “an unnatural act performed by unconsenting adults.”
That’s why helping groups from different organizations build productive, enduring relationships is among the most challenging work we do. Our work combines the ability to facilitate groups, solve basic problems, build agreement, and establish entirely new ways of looking at problems.
Collaboration has been described as ‘an unnatural act performed by unconsenting adults.’
We’re committed to helping diverse groups explore their common values, priorities, and assets. When organizations can benefit from working together, we help them ignite the power of synergy, the spirit of consensus, the willingness to ask tough questions, and the openness to consider real change.
Overcoming obstacles to cooperation
A thousand reasons exist for why groups should work more closely together, but ego, culture, and resistance to change can stand in the way of an otherwise clear path. We help groups explore the spectrum of collaboration, find the place that best serves their missions, goals, and constituent interests, and ensure the right team and human resource policies and practices are in place.
Out of these engagements, our clients experience a range of benefits:
- Increased stability and sustainability through greater efficiency or integration of programs and structures
- True synergy by compounding the power and interest of several organizations into compatible projects
- A shared pool of professionals and volunteers among compatible organizations focused on common issues and opportunities
- Effective planning and coordination of similar or compatible activities
- Projects built on consensus rather than expedient compromise or the agenda of a single partner
Whether your goal as partners is to share information, share staff or merge into one new organization, Solid Ground is your guide to durable collaboration.