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The course of true love never did run smooth; or why collaboration matters

This month's newsletter is edited by Scott Drummond, our On Purpose Associate who is currently on a six-month placement at Collaborate.
July 2015     
The course of true love never did run smooth.
First our famously amorous Gallic neighbours find out from WikiLeaks that the NSA spied on three successive French Presidents. Then SCOTUS give millions of Pride revellers in The City (and many more around the world) something special to celebrate with their historic same-sex marriage ruling. And all this while European relationships are strained to breaking point as the dust from Yanis Varoufakis’ motorbike and the #Grexit referendum no vote begins to settle. Romance, comedy, tragedy – Lysander may have had a point.

Of course, most great relationships will face some obstacles over time. Acknowledging the likelihood of these challenges frees you up to focus on how you prepare yourself for the bumpy patches ahead, and gets you to work on making your relationships more resilient. We like to think that exploring shared spaces together, building collaborative readiness and encouraging clear communication can all help to strengthen relationships. In fact, that's much of what has been keeping us busy this month.

Collaborate and NLGN launch new commission: Reimagining Place Based Health

Together with NLGN we've just launched a major new commission reimagining the future of place-based health, bringing together the public, private and third sector. Chaired by Lord Victor Adebowale, the Commission will tackle the most challenging questions facing both the NHS and local councils today as they struggle with rising demand, reducing budgets and the changing demographics of their service users.
Click here to complete the survey and contribute to the debate. The call for evidence closes on 31st July.

Building productive partnerships in Essex to future-proof IAG provision

In Essex we're working with the Chelmsford Advice Partnership to create new, more sustainable approaches to information, advice and guidance (IAG) services. An important part of the work has been building collaborative readiness within the partnership of four organisations, and it’s been great to see the partners roll up their sleeves and get stuck into the sometimes slightly messy work of collaboration. The research we’ve conducted into innovation trends relating to IAG has also helped challenge us to look outside of the more traditional solution space and see opportunities in behavioural science, new technology and the collaborative economy. If you'd like to know more about this work, get in touch with Scott, the project lead.

Introducing... the new Collaborate website

At the core of all of this important relationship building work is strong, clear communication. With this in mind, we decided it was time to give our website a bit of a refresh. We hope the new website will make it easier for us to share with you some of the learnings from the diverse work that we're involved in across the country, and make it easier for you to get involved. Of course, the important work of communications is never really done, so we'd welcome your feedback on the new site. Please explore and let us know what you think by commenting on our website feedback page.

New additions to the Collaborate family

Joining us this month is Paddy Pender, our new intern. Paddy has decided to spend some time with us before he starts his third year studying Government and Philosophy at Harvard, and he’s helping out with a number of different projects we’re currently working on. Welcome Paddy!
And last, but certainly not least, while many at Collaborate have been criss-crossing the country, Henry and his wife have been at home welcoming the newest member of their family, Toby Kippin. Congratulations Kippins! 
Latest thought leadership

'Collaborative Capacity in Public Service Delivery'
Collaborate supported by UNDP

'Supporting Social Change: A New Funding Ecology'
Collaborate, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Big Lottery Fund

‘Building a Coalition of Collaborators in 2015'
Collaborate, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Social Innovation Exchange
Latest blog posts
Taking collaboration from ambition to delivery
Henry Kippin
Published in: The MJ

A new funding ecology needs team players, not managers
Dawn Austwick
Published in: Third Sector

Two Futures for Independent Funders
Henry Kippin
Published in: New Start
Latest articles

New commission launched on future of health
Jamie Hailstone
Published in: The MJ

Trusts and foundations: Jake Hayman is among the voices questioning what they do
Susannah Birkwood
Published in: Third Sector 

Time to find some model citizens
Dr Henry Kippin, Ewan King
Published in: The MJ
Upcoming events

Wednesday, 15 July 2015
Collaborate AGM

Autumn 2015 - Spring 2016
Roundtable Series: The Future of Collaboration in Services to the Public
Invitation Only

Thursday, 9 July 2015
North East Together: Leaders Network for Social Change
Newcastle University Business School
(Partner Event)
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