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.
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