Wow, this month’s theme just invites me to exhale. So far, I’ve played with Less & More, Conflict, Food & Eating and then Money. A whole lot of holding my breath there.
And now, Collaboration.
I have felt a pull towards Collaboration during recent years. But it wasn’t always that way.
Over the last 5 to 10 years, Collaboration has been used as a bit of a buzz word, particularly by government and funding bodies. At first, my impression about the need to “Collaborate” was about to trying to take from others. The idea that government wasn’t prepared to fund anything properly, and expected the groups to effectively get resources from others.
However, slowly through the years my ideas around collaboration have developed to the point where now I feel that I am an advocate for collaboration and hope to develop some true mastery in collaborative practice.
A key defining moment in my own person Path to Collaboration was when I watched a TED talk by Rachel Botsman. Rachel calls this talk “The Case for Collaborative Consumption”.
I hope that you have time to click on through and check it out. I also hope that one day I have the patience to figure out how to embed a video. But anyway ….
As I watched that talk, I felt something shift. It was a red pill / blue pill moment for me. There was never a way I could un-know this.
After I watched it, one of the first places I looked, was my own office.
I had been rattling around in an office far too big for my business. I had thought about trying to do something about the rooms, but felt that was all about me. And my ego and my pride would not let me do anything about that.
After watching that talk, I started thinking about our office resources. Why is it that everyone who is in business needs their own 4 walls, and kitchen and bathroom and copier and and and… Why can’t we share? Seriously. Why can’t we?
After that prompt, I started looking at it differently. And I acted on that call to collaboration.
I found some practitioners who could use a room. Not a whole “office suite”. But a room. A space to call their own, but at the same time prepared to share.
And with that, I launched the Coastal Collaborative Centre.
** Sorry to the delightful Alison Williams. This old old photo doesn’t have your name in it. PLEASE check our Alison’s amazing work – Real Conversations – training in the conversations we should be having but don’t! We also share with the gracious Shirley Cornish. Shirley is a counsellor, specialising in grief counselling. She has a beautiful newsletter that I would encourage you to sign up for.
It is not a Collaborative Practice. It is not sharing of clients. It is simply a shared space.
An office suite with a few rooms more than I need. Deliberately. So that there is space to share. We share the reception, the kitchen and the space generally. We each have our own clients, and we work comfortably beside and around each other. Each of us, as sole practitioners in our fields, now have a little workplace to come to, a community to link in with and share life’s ups and downs. Which can be really helpful.
And yes, I still have a spare office. If you’re on the Sunshine Coast, and you are interested in joining our shared space, drop me a line.
More importantly, what do you have, that you could share? Imagine how we could take the pressure off our resources (space, time and money) if we could learn to share more.
I dare you! Go on!! Find something, and put it out there.