Cross sectoral collaboration

Forum for the Future: What is system innovation?

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Forum for the Future believes 'System innovation' will change in food and energy systems change for a sustainable future. By working with leading businesses and organisations, they aim to use our system innovation approach to transform the critical systems we all depend on, such as food, energy and finance, to make them fit the challenges of the 21st century. This video presents the system innovation approach.

Partnership case studies in context

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Author: Stott, L.

This essay is part of a series of papers commissioned by The Partnering Initiative through its Case Study Project to develop insights into the process of researching/writing partnership case studies as tools for change.

This essay outlines why more substantial material on partnerships in practice is so necessary and why the case study offers an excellent model for research into them.

It provides an overview of partnering case studies to date, highlighting issues such as style, scope and accessibility. From this information a series of key issues that emerge when producing and sharing partnering case studies are extracted.

FUNEDESIN case study: The Amazon Cacao Development Alliance

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Author: Goytia, C. (for The Partnering Initiative)
Publication date: 2005

This case study has been compiled as one of a series of case studies on ‘Exploring and Developing Case Studies as Tools for Change’ commissioned for the Case Study Project supported by The Partnering Initiative, Alcan Prize for Sustainability and SEED.

This case study looks at the factors that led to the Amazon Cacao Development Alliance (ACDA). The partnership is explored to provide a deep and illustrative assessment on how conservation and development issues can be dealt with through cross sector partnership work.

Analysing stakeholder power dynamics in multi-stakeholder processes: insights of practice from Africa and Asia

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Authors: Brouwer, H., Hiemstra, W., Vugt, S.v. & Walters, H.
Publication date: 2013, In: Knowledge Management for Development Journal 9(3): 11-31

Pathways to Collaborative Action: Transforming agricultural, land and food systems

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Authors: McKenzie, F.
Publicateion date: 2013

This Ecoagriculture Discussion Paper explores the possibilities of taking cross-sectoral collaborative action to break away from business-as-usual. It shows how the complexity of the sustainability challenges makes cross-sectoral collaboration so essential. It highlights how complex non-linear linkages exist between food, agricultural, and land systems. It argues that if we are to effectively operate in this nexus, then we need to seriously reconsider the way we work together.

Partnerships as a panacea for addressing global problems? On rationale, context, actors, impact and limitations

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Author: Kolk, A.
Publication date: 2013

This chapter examines partnerships and their peculiarities, based on recent research from various disciplines, in the context of the large problems faced by global society. 

Forum for the Future: Creating the big shift: system innovation for sustainability

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Author: Draper, S. (for Forum for the Future)
Publication date: 2013 

Forum for the Future aims to transform the critical systems that we all depend on, such as food and energy, to make them fit for the challenges of the 21st century. This publication clarifies why system innovation is at the heart of their strategy. With “six steps to significant change”, a simple framework is provided for those trying to make an impact.

Accenture: Convergence Economy: Rethinking International Development in a Converging World

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Authors: Bulloch, G. ; Lacy, P. & Jurgens, C. (for Accenture)
Publication Date: 2011 

This new paper by Accenture Development Partnerships focuses on the newly emergent roles and alliances of corporate, governmental and non-governmental actors to systemically address development challenges. It aims to offer as a platform for dialogue, debate and action that catalyzes real impact through accelerating the alignment of global market forces and international development.

Talking the Walk: A Communication Manual for Partnership Practitioners

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Author(s): McManus, S. & Tennyson, R.
Publication Date: 2008

Talking the Walk is a toolbook for partnership practitioners from all sectors, to enable them to understand the importance of good communication to their work, and to help them develop techniques to improve their communications - both inside, and beyond, the partnership.