Are we stuck in a ‘shallow’ partnership culture?

Last week in Tim Draimin’s, webinar “Getting Started on Social Innovation”, he explained that we are stuck in a “shallow partnership culture”. This really struck a cord with me.

Let me be clear, I don’t think any of my present partnerships are shallow; but I don’t think they are deep enough either. How would you know? Here are some of the symptoms: short-term focus, silos, lack of champions, staff resistance and others. Recognize any of them?

Your partnerships maybe suffering from this often inconspicuous ailment.

The Cure to “Shallow” Partnership Syndrome

The cure? Draimin suggests we need a new way of doing things: a new mindset of innovation to reframe our challenges; new problem solving tools; new ways of collaborating and spanning boundaries and – an abundance of abundance thinking.

Getting Started On Social Innovation

Getting Started On Social Innovation click here to see the slides

 Social Innovation is the New, New Black

Want to know more? Attend the Accelerate – collaborating for sustainability conference, June 10 & 11, 2013.  I’ll be there with a Team of eight people from the Net Zero City Guelph Group (thank you Guelph Hydro for your sponsorship of the NGOs).

Social Innovation is the new, new black. If you don’t know what it is – it will be hard to use it to change the world (and I know – that’s why you’re here!)

Catalyzing Change – A Special Invitation to You

Can’t make the whole conference but plan to be in the Guelph area on June 10th –

The Conference organizers have given us a special FREE invitation for the session:  Catalyzing Change, Monday, June 10, at the River Run Centre, 12:30 – 2 pm – with Dr. Karl-Henrik Robèrt Founder, The Natural Step from Sweden and Cathy Barswick, Cooperators.

We have been given as many tickets as we want for this special session.  If you are interested in attending or have a team who might want to attend here is the link:

It is FREE and open to anyone who wants to know more about collaboration and sustainability.  I have heard Dr. Robert speak and he is amazing!  To register, follow the link above.

Just tell them Kathryn sent you!


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About Kathryn Cooper

Kathryn Cooper is a committed sustainability practitioner and educator moving companies toward “green” profitability and sustainable competitive advantage by unlocking human creativity and technical innovation. Over the last two years she has had the privilege to work with companies like Dupont, Zerofootprint, WWF Canada, and Partners in Project Green on sustainability issues, best practices and renewable energy. Kathryn is a graduate of York University with a Master of Education specializing on Sustainability and the Environment. She holds an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Guelph.
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