“To be successful in business, and in life, you need to connect and collaborate.” – Richard Branson.
Collaboration is an integral aspect of achieving many things in life and business. Today let us explore how it can influence positive change by encouraging entrepreneurs, investors, and organizations to build and support sustainable, purpose-led models that challenge the status quo and offer solutions to 21st-century problems.
Effective collaborations begin with reflective connections.
Meeting like-minded people give individuals a “sounding board”, a medium to express themselves; share their purpose, objectives, or mission to a network that – in most instances – is best placed to share constructive feedback or suggest partnerships, all with an intent to amplify the impact.
Collaboration requires intent.
For far too long, we have witnessed the slow pace of change; it has often been tedious, drawn out over decades, heavy on debates and proposals but light on action. The pandemic is a stark reminder that “our” problems are indeed global in nature and require collaborative solutions to speed up change.
Take for example the yearly Conference of the Parties (COP), where world and business leaders convene to collectively discuss inclusive solutions to problems that affect every country on Earth. No one country can reduce carbon emissions enough to prevent global warming for the whole world. It has to be a collective effort that includes the active participation of governments, businesses and individuals, all making the required changes within tight timelines.
“Change has never been so fast, yet it will never be so slow again.” Michael Kowatschew, President of Sigma Squared, a global community of 1000+ entrepreneurs on a mission to transform broken industries and create positive impact. To ensure change will never be “so slow again”, we can work toward making younger generations aware of the benefits of collaborative efforts. Making them open to the benefits of diverse opinions, constructive feedback and partnerships at a formative age will lead to a generation of rapid responders who will continue to elevate the pace of change.
And so, young or old, business or government, individual or community, collaboration is medium to fast-paced change that can engulf the world’s problems. Louisa May Alcott said, “It takes two flints to make a fire.”