In 2020, we are more aware than ever that we are all connected. Given the complex and far-reaching challenges of our time, we need to step up and rise to those challenges in order to create the world we want to live in. That requires us to engage with the essence of what it means to be human: the ability to connect and work together, or put simply – we need to collaborate.
The change the world needs (think: greater justice, equity, connection, innovation) is only possible if we work together because it transcends individuals and organisations.
Passion and ideas are not enough to address climate emergency, global health inequity, epidemics of mental illness, food insecurity and lack of access to education for girls. We need to unite under a common purpose, with shared agreements, resources and understandings, and take action. These are the hallmarks of collaboration – something that is shared, that is living, that evolves and grows and gives new life to ideas, innovations, ways of working, and ways of being.
Collaboration has become the global vehicle for making change and our ability to collaborate effectively is increasingly a fundamental skill and core capability for progress and leadership. Is it easy? No. Is it worth it? Absolutely! We cannot hope to solve the world’s biggest challenges on our own.