Authors: Paul Mattessich
May/June 2003
National Housing Institute
If you've been part of a collaboration that really worked, you know how powerful that can be. You were part of a group that accomplished important things together. In the process, you developed strong new working relationships for yourself and your organization. You helped to create a community climate in which people see that it is possible for very different groups and individuals to come together and get things done. On the other hand, if you've been involved in a collaboration that stalled or worse yet crashed and burned, you know how frustrating and wasteful that can be. Wouldn't it be nice to know in advance which way the collaboration will go? Collaboration is a large and growing part of the landscape for community development work.
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