Turf, Trust, Co-Creation and Collective Impact
Liz Weaver, from the Tamarack Institute, Canada is passionate about the power and potential of communities getting to impact on complex issues. Her latest paper, TURF, TRUST, CO-CREATION AND COLLECTIVE IMPACT is a must for anyone involved in community change from whatever angle.
Here’s the start of her insightful paper, just to whet your appetite!
We are facing a dilemma. Our cities are trying to solve increasingly complex issues. These complex issues require us to collaborate across sectors with people that we have not collaborated with before. At the same time, levels of trust between citizens and groups in society are declining. There are multiple studies that illustrate this decline. Citizens are expressing a lack of trust in leaders, institutions and systems. Peter Block, in the foreword to Adam Kahane’s latest book Collaborating with the Enemy describes the current challenges facing cities:
We live in a complicated time. It is a divisive and polarizing era in which we respond by constantly seeking like-mindedness. We have a growing number of ways to meet up with people similar to ourselves. We are drawn to people with the same interests, same tastes, same politics. Every time I buy something online, I am told what other people like me also bought. And it works. As a larger society, cities are resegregating into neighbourhoods of people like us. As nations, we are voting for politicians who want to keep out strangers and reclaim our country as if someone has taken it away. We live in a time of growing alienation and isolation. We are losing trust in our institutions and our governments to act in our interests. Most of our elections are variations of a ‘no’ vote. We have growing economic divisions, ideological divisions, contests, over values.
Collaborating with the Enemy. Page ix.
It is in this context of growing alienation and isolation, that requires community change agents to consider the connected elements of turf, trust, co-creation and collective impact, so that they can successfully work together with others to listen, understand and achieve shared outcomes.