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Why You Should Be Collaborating With Organisations On A Similar Mission

Updated: Jun 6

Tackling complex social issues like homelessness or poverty is no small feat for any organisation. As social sector leaders we know that trying to create systemic change alone is nearly impossible. However, bringing together organisations with aligned missions is a simple yet effective approach that can multiply impact.

Collaboration is important for issues that have roots extending far back into policies and systems. No single group has all the answers or resources needed when dealing with problems on this scale. Long-term change demands a new approach - focused on partnerships.

First step is acknowledging limitations. Organisations should ask: "Can we truly solve this complex issue without collaborating?" Taking that step encourages reflection on what's truly possible alone versus through teamwork.

With solo efforts off the table, mapping the current landscape comes next. Identifying all stakeholders influencing the issue, from service providers to government bodies provides clarity on who needs to work together.

Using homelessness as an example, a map would include shelters, outreach programs, housing associations, and more. It would also reveal how past decisions still impact problems today. With insight into the full system, opportunities for alignment emerge.

Rather than duplicating efforts or competing for funding, aligned groups can strategically combine their strengths. Also, considering issues from various perspectives to develop holistic solutions. By coordinating and sharing resources, partners multiply their collective influence far beyond any single group's capabilities.

Collaboration also amplifies advocacy efforts targeting policy change. Local, state, and federal levels each require lobbying to shift outdated approaches. With the use of united voices to advocate for evidence-based solutions stands a stronger chance of driving reconsideration of policies still affecting issues decades later.

Seeing problems systematically and finding like-minded groups to partner with is important. When alone, progress stalls; together, collaborators may finally start shifting entrenched challenges by bringing complementary strengths to collective impact. Are you ready to explore collaboration to help create lasting change?

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