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How people and organizations can collaborate at scale to achieve bold visions for society and the environment together.
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How The Drought Will Reshape California Landscape Architecture - Curbed National

How The Drought Will Reshape California Landscape Architecture - Curbed National | Collaborative Networks and Partnerships | Scoop.it
Today, April 22, 2015, is Earth Day and throughout the day Curbed is going to be bringing you news from the worlds of sustainable design, architecture and general innovation awesomeness....
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What Harvard Business School Has Learned About Online Collaboration From HBX

What Harvard Business School Has Learned About Online Collaboration From HBX | Collaborative Networks and Partnerships | Scoop.it
Lessons in virtual collaboration.
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Many of these lessons are relevant to networks whose members are motivated to engage with their peers for positive  outcomes. 

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East End partnership forming to protect Peconic Estuary - Riverhead News Review

East End partnership forming to protect Peconic Estuary - Riverhead News Review | Collaborative Networks and Partnerships | Scoop.it
East End partnership forming to protect Peconic Estuary
Riverhead News Review
(Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file).
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Suffolk County government joins the Peconic Estuary protection committee, a regional partnership of 10 towns with access to the Peconic Estuary between the north and south forks of eastern Long Island. Member towns are voluntarily providing modest funding for partnership coordination. They are seeking to solve water quality issues in a cost-efficient manner using regional approaches that will also help each town meet federal storm water management requirements. For example, they see the committee as enabling member towns to apply for grant funding cooperatively.

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World Bank Group's partnerships for sustainability, natural capital

World Bank Group's partnerships for sustainability, natural capital | Collaborative Networks and Partnerships | Scoop.it
Delivering Sustainability
World Bank Group
This support included facilitating partnerships to address environmentally sensitive issues and to agree on benchmarks for environmental management.
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Check out Wealth Accounting and the
Valuation of Ecosystem Services: http://www.wavespartnership.org/waves/


Natural capital accounting: http://www.wavespartnership.org/waves/natural-capital-accounting


One more site, same topic: http://www.naturalcapitalproject.org/

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Water Quality Trading in the Chesapeake Bay: Partnerships for Success - USDA.gov (press release) (blog)

Water Quality Trading in the Chesapeake Bay: Partnerships for Success - USDA.gov (press release) (blog) | Collaborative Networks and Partnerships | Scoop.it
Water Quality Trading in the Chesapeake Bay: Partnerships for Success
USDA.gov (press release) (blog)
Water Quality Trading in the Chesapeake Bay: Partnerships for Success.
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In 2012, under the Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) Program, NRCS funded 12 NGOs and partnerships in the Chesapeake Bay to explore aspects of a water quality trading: Forest offsets, credit aggregation, creating a sustainable marketplace for nutrient credits, etc.

 

More info on this approach: http://water.epa.gov/type/watersheds/trading.cfm

 

CT's Long Island Sound Nitrogen Trading Program: http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2719&q=325572&depNav_GID=1635

 

 

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Personal Interaction Drives Innovation and Collaboration - Forbes

Personal Interaction Drives Innovation and Collaboration - Forbes | Collaborative Networks and Partnerships | Scoop.it
Editor’s Note: Harbrinder Kang is Senior Director of Corporate Affairs at Cisco. In this role, he is responsible for the strategic development, growth, and evolution of the award-winning Cisco Networking Academy program, which delivers computer...
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People working in regional conservation partnerships (RCPs) know that regularly scheduled, face-to-face meetings drive collaborative activities forward. Working together can be more fulfilling than working alone. And people value interaction with peers they like, admire and trust. What we may not acknowledge is that we actually need to work with others in order to innovate. So, we choose to collaborate to get more done and have fun. Imagine if everyone in your partnership became more intentional about using the RCP to innovate?
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In networks, cooperation trumps collaboration | Harold Jarche

In networks, cooperation trumps collaboration | Harold Jarche | Collaborative Networks and Partnerships | Scoop.it
RT @janhoglund: Cooperation trumps collaboration
http://t.co/fWmwDJjm @hjarche
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Many regional conservation partnerships in New England are more like informal networks as compared to formal partnerships or institutions, especially in their early years. However, as they organize and get their goals, mission statements and plans in order, form steering committees to direct their actions and begin to coordinate land protection efforts, their partners would--according to this article--likely move from working cooperatively to a mix, and then to full-tilt collaboration. This sounds true to me, at least in the first phase of their activities, and especially if the group chooses to pursue funds jointly.

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An interview with Don Tapscott - McKinsey Quarterly - Organization - Strategic Organization

An interview with Don Tapscott - McKinsey Quarterly - Organization - Strategic Organization | Collaborative Networks and Partnerships | Scoop.it
The author and strategist describes why effective knowledge management within enterprises requires replacing e-mail with social media. A McKinsey Quarterly Organization article.
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Futurist author and TED speaker Don Tapscott shares his ideas about how email is going to be replaced with social media as the collaborative platform of tomorrow.

 

See his TED talk about social media, 4 principles of openess, and how the Internet allows each of us access to the intelligence of many, many others through collaboration and sharing. When will we achieve our collective vision through open collaboration? Check out Don's talk here: http://www.ted.com/talks/don_tapscott_four_principles_for_the_open_world_1.html

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Top 10 Collaboration Tools in 2012

Top 10 Collaboration Tools in 2012 | Collaborative Networks and Partnerships | Scoop.it
Top Collaboration Tools in 2012 http://t.co/yaVO3u2Y
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These apps can help you and your partners get more done in between in-person meetings. 

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Butterfly Conservation - Landscape-scale Conservation For Butterflies And Moths Report

Butterfly Conservation - Landscape-scale Conservation For Butterflies And Moths Report | Collaborative Networks and Partnerships | Scoop.it
Butterfly Conservation is a British charity devoted to saving butterflies, moths and their habitats throughout the UK. (Butterfly Conservation have recently published a report on landscape-scale conservation actions across the UK....
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Key lessons begin on page 86 of the report: http://butterfly-conservation.org/files/landscape-scale-conservation-for-butterflies-and-moths-low-resolution.pdf ;

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Nonprofit Collaboration Infographic

Nonprofit Collaboration Infographic | Collaborative Networks and Partnerships | Scoop.it
GrantSpace, a service of the Foundation Center, offers information and resources that are specifically designed to meet the needs of grantseekers.
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Collaboration takes trusting relationships that in turn take time and energy to establish, cultivate, and sustain. This is true for partners coming together in a regional conservation partnership (RCP), for RCPs wanting to work together, for people from public agencies teaming up with those from non-profits, and likely when funders seek to collaborate with stakeholders. We need more of the latter.

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Report: Providence should consolidate jobs, require more collaboration - WPRI 12 Eyewitness News

Report: Providence should consolidate jobs, require more collaboration - WPRI 12 Eyewitness News | Collaborative Networks and Partnerships | Scoop.it
A new study shows Providence could save at least $400,000 each year by making several changes in city government.
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Collaboration saves money. Who knew?

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Collaboration study says Montana conservation, industry groups make progress - The Missoulian

Collaboration study says Montana conservation, industry groups make progress - The Missoulian | Collaborative Networks and Partnerships | Scoop.it
Right behind an historic show of bipartisanship in the Montana congressional delegation, a new study of collaborative efforts in the state claims that playing nice together can reap big rewards.
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Collaboration can be key to your and your partners' success, but only if you have the capacity to incorporate and build upon the benefits.

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PA grants NGOs $38 million for recreation and land conservation

PA grants NGOs $38 million for recreation and land conservation | Collaborative Networks and Partnerships | Scoop.it
Growing Greener Coalition Applauds Community Conservation Partnership ...
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Another state partners with private non-profit conservation organizations to deliver enduring public benefits cost-effectively.

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Tapping Networks to Co-create and Vet Solutions

Tapping Networks to Co-create and Vet Solutions | Collaborative Networks and Partnerships | Scoop.it
Tapping Networks to Co-create and Vet Solutions: read about Rock Talks as a peer-vetting model (RT @RockefellerFdn Tapping Networks to Co-create and Vet Solutions: read about Rock Talks as a peer-vetting model - http://t.co/FgD0juq6Qw)...
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Here's a quick summary of the article: Do you want to capture the value of co-creation and peer review through your network?

 

Six steps for hosting your own collaborative brainstorming and feedback session with your network:

 

Step 1. Identify the issue you seek to address.

 

Step 2. Assess your network, as well as individuals who may be a degree or two removed, for up to 10 thought leaders and practitioners who are also passionate about your issue.  Invite them to an event. 

 

Step 3. At event, clearly identify roles, and ask each attendee to discuss his or her work on the issue area. Then discuss your own. Next, ask questions about the problem and how it is framed, contextual issues, lessons learned thus far, and opportunities. 

 

Step 4. Ask the group to help you draft a fresh solution and invite attendees to help you organize a second gathering to host a peer review of the new solution.

 

Step 5. Invite the second set of experts. Present the solution developed by your first group (see: Step 4). Prepare a set of questions that you would like answered, but you may find that a robust, free-form discussion will emerge on its own.

 

Step 6. Carefully review the knowledge you gained, draw key conclusions, and consider how you can best apply them to your work.

 

You now have a set of potential partners and supporters who are also invested in the issue that you are solving. And you have a great, innovative new solution to a pressing problem. 

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How collaboration creates value and accelerates change

How collaboration creates value and accelerates change | Collaborative Networks and Partnerships | Scoop.it
The conversation about collaborating is changing, thanks to the need for new kinds of partnerships that take a systems view and think about Big Bang transformation.
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This article on global collaboration has interesting lessons for RCPs:

- no single institution has the capacity to provide solutions to some challenges (e.g. deforestation).

- Successful collaboration ultimately can change the core strategy and social purpose of the partners.

- Transformational collaboration requires a commitment to build and sustain relationships over the longer term.

- Leaders must possess a system-level understanding of societal and environmental changes.

-A solution to cross-boundary challenges is the creation of networks of companies, government agencies, multi-lateral institutions, NGOs and foundations.

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Key Elements for Genuinely Successful Collaboration

Key Elements for Genuinely Successful Collaboration | Collaborative Networks and Partnerships | Scoop.it
Elements for Genuinely Successful Collaboration - On #Appitive http://t.co/qcXX5MinQF
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Those of us who coordinate and or participate in networks, partnerships and other collaborative groups can forget the basics, which are summed up nicely in this article. I encourage you to share these at your next meeting.

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9 Ways to Forge Better Partnerships

9 Ways to Forge Better Partnerships | Collaborative Networks and Partnerships | Scoop.it
Business success depends on your ability to keep your partnerships healthy and happy.
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Any partnership member could use these nine suggestions as a quick check-in: am I being the best partner that I can be? Got a need to re-engage partners? Ask each partner to do a SWOT analysis.Help them see what they could get, could give with just a bit more exertion.

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Eight Dangers of Collaboration

Eight Dangers of Collaboration | Collaborative Networks and Partnerships | Scoop.it
Most of what is written about collaboration is positive. Even hip. Collaboration is championed enthusiastically by the Enterprise 2.0 experts, as well as leading thinkers like Don Tapscott, as the crucial approach for the 21st century.
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Collaboration gets you innovation, but it's not easy. It's good to get a handle on why some people shudder at doing things collaboratively (and this article spells eight of them out for you very well). If you're leading a group of people and trying to get a project off the ground that you think requires the full-tilt version of collaboration, step back and reassess. Start slow. Have the group sharing informatiion and agendas first. Coordinate individual actions before building towards a collaborative approach.

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The Dawning Age of Mass Collaboration

RT @LisaSmith92 Mass #collaboration is the future of competitive advantage in business says #Gartner #socbiz http://t.co/4qTwpKKc
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Businesses are engaging employees, suppliers, partners, and customers in collaborative activities to solve problems, generate new ideas and to raise capital (see Spigit, for example). How valuable are these tools to conservation, or to the larger environmental community? Would be interested in learning if any NGOs are using them.

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Collaboration is the New Competition

Collaboration is the New Competition | Collaborative Networks and Partnerships | Scoop.it
Five ways to drive large-scale social change by working cooperatively.
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Advancing big visions, like Wildlands and Woodlands for example, takes collaboration. Think boundary spanning vs. silos. This article shares five key lessons for driving large-scale social change through collaboration (from the the president and CEO of a 20-year old collaborative of 22 of the world's largest foundations and financial institutions). Especially relevant for regional conservation partnerships (RCPs).

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