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Beyond ConsensusImproving Collaborative Planning and Management$
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Richard D. Margerum

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262015813

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262015813.001.0001

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Convening Collaboratives

Convening Collaboratives

(p.49) 3 Convening Collaboratives
Beyond Consensus

Richard D. Margerum

The MIT Press

This chapter focuses on the process through which people from different organizations with differing perspectives work jointly to solve problems or achieve a common goal. Sponsors, conveners, neutral observers, and participants play a key role in the working of such collaborative efforts. Conveners of these efforts help in identifying and involving stakeholders in the initiative and finding resources to support it. A number of steps are involved in convening such collaborative efforts: initial assessment, wherein conveners identify the issues, determine the goals of the collaborative effort, and identify possible stakeholders. Planning and efforts involved in the consensus-building process play a key role in the convening of collaborative efforts. A stakeholder selection process that involves appropriate representation from different perspectives also plays a key role in the convening of such initiatives.

Keywords:   sponsors, stakeholders, collaborative efforts, consensus-building

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