Resonanz came together last month with the founders of The Groundwork to look behind the scenes at what it takes to collaborate effectively: What are the qualities and conditions that enable a successful collaboration? Never has our collective efforts been more necessary: while each of us have a responsibility to develop our individual personality and skills, we know that our visions of the future will only be realised as a team, a group, a people.
The purpose of this workshop was to build our shared capacity to collaborate more effectively and with more powerful results. We explored and deepened the elements of Groundwork practice through a framework called the Foundations of Powerful Collaboration. We applied this to the projects and initiatives that participants were already working with.
This Erasmus+ funded project brought together 12 young sustainability-minded entrepreneurs from eight countries in Europe. The partners all have diverse expertise and focus; most have a background in sustainability, in addition to other studies and professional experience such as design or process facilitation. Through the project, the partners have built on each others’ expertise and exchanged knowledge and good practices.
Over the course of this project, the partners have regularly come together in several online and offline meetings to manage the project and exchange experiences. The meetings served to organise the project, prepare for upcoming events, and share status updates.
The project activities facilitated the exchange of knowledge and practices between the partners and will continue to serve as space for innovation that is further applied in each organisation’s local context. Reversely, local knowledge and good practices on sustainable entrepreneurship were brought to the group in order to enhance the strategic partnership. During the multiplier event and with the help of the online platform, this supportive community of practice was opened to broader audiences, creating an all-inclusive and evolving support network for young social and environmental entrepreneurs.
The project opened a public library of state-of-the-art practices by entrepreneurs that can be viewed and consulted for other projects at http://weareeep.eu/.