At times, you wish that the sustainability field had never discovered Working Groups. Collaboration, which at first was so attractive (and fun!), has become synonymous with tedious meetings and teleconferences resulting in strong relationships, but few outcomes.
Contigo Partners gets it. We’ve been frustrated participants and (we hate to admit it) facilitators of such working groups, and we want better outcomes, too!
Industry Collaborations focused on sustainability issues and opportunities are playing an important role in finding systemic solutions to shared sustainability challenges. Getting to a point of effectiveness and efficiency can take years in some cases. It need not be a long, involved process in order to produce outcomes.
Contigo Partners delivers a full-service approach that takes into consideration the unique dynamics of your industry relationships and the specific issues you face today and will face in the future. We will help you form (or re-form) the working group with a view to the urgent issues to be addressed now and the membership, organizational structure and governance you will need to grow and meet the demands of the future. We design and facilitate all interactions (in person and virtual) using skilled techniques and proven tools. We can help manage the overall process and ensure goals are met and responsibilities maintained. We can also serve as an outsourced executive when needed.
Multi-party (civil society, corporate, government sectors) collaboration on social and environmental issues can lead to positive, lasting impact. Yet many such collaborations can get bogged down or stall due to poor group facilitation or unclear desired outcomes. Knowing when and how to convene a multi-party collaboration or getting such a group back on track can seem daunting.
Contigo Partners delivers a full-service approach that considers the unique dynamics of the issue and the needs and motivations of the various constituencies. We begin by mapping the issue dynamics and the various stakeholders. We work with a small design team to develop clear objectives and a bounded scope. We then support the initial convening of the group and design and facilitate all interactions using skillful facilitation techniques. We continue working with a designated core group to design a long-term process that will meet your shared objectives. We will manage the overall process and ensure goals are met and responsibilities maintained. We can also serve as an outsourced administrator when needed.