Assets | Collaboration
The act of working together toward a common goal.
In order to address the complex challenges that we face in our communities and learning environments, we cannot innovate alone. Innovation is most likely to occur in collaborative cultures where teams have a common understanding of shared goals and where individuals feel safe and are encouraged to express their opinions, drawing on their experiences and perspectives.
Create a sense of psychological safety to engage a diverse set of perspectives
Develop shared goals and work together to overcome obstacles and setbacks
Reflect in a group setting to learn more from shared experiences
Collaboration requires a sense of psychological safety in which all members of a group are welcomed to contribute, without fear of judgment or retaliation against their ideas or their identities. In this respect, collaborative cultures require an inclusive setting in which individual knowledge and learning become collective strengths, leading to more powerful outcomes.
Within the framework of Principled Innovation, collaboration is also essential in order to engage diverse perspectives and prompt the critical reflection that drives creative solutions. Collaboration supports perspective taking and helps us develop empathy for others, leading to better decision-making and more successful solutions to complex problems. We are more likely to mitigate negative outcomes when we collaborate across multiple perspectives. And, the mutual support system that comes from collaboration helps us be more resilient and courageous as we encounter setbacks while working on problems in entrenched systems that are resistant to change. Ideally, collaboration becomes infused into the culture of a group or organization, reflected in its systems and ways of being and paving the way for Principled Innovation.
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