How Cross Sector Collaboration Can Lead to Innovation

By The Intersector Project

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At The Intersector Project, we seek to empower practitioners in the business, government, and non-profit sectors to collaborate to solve complex problems that typically can’t be solved by one sector alone. Our focus is U.S.-based collaborations, and we aim to provide meaningful analysis and practical insight into how collaboration can best leverage the expertise and resources of each sector, the tactics of successful collaborations, and overcoming common challenges to collaboration. We look forward to Global Partnerships Week each year as a forum for celebrating partnerships and discussing the state of collaboration with other organizations devoted to this topic.

Global Partnerships Week 2016 brought together leaders and organizations from across sectors to recognize the critical role public-private partnerships play in promoting diplomacy and development worldwide. We were thrilled to participate this year by co-hosting a Twitter chat with Concordia, one of GPW’s organizers, celebrating the theme of this year’s GPW: “Leveraging Innovation in Partnerships.” On Wednesday, March 9, we took to Twitter to moderate a discussion on “Pathway to Innovation: Cross-Sector Partnerships in the U.S. and Abroad.” With Concordia’s global perspective, and our domestic focus, we were excited to share our ideas and hear others’ thoughts on this topic.

Concordia and The Intersector Project were joined by organizations and individuals with a wealth of knowledge on public-private partnerships, cross-sector collaboration, and global affairs. Participants included The Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships at the U.S. Department of State, PeaceTech Lab, U.S. Foreign Assistance, and more. The discussion spanned a range of topics, from the differences in how the government, business, and non-profit sectors conceive of innovation, to potential non-technological ways of innovating, to the challenges cross-sector partners might face in creating a culture of innovation. Throughout the discussion, participants engaged in new ways of looking at partnerships, discussed inspiring examples of partnerships from across the world, and shared resources that can help collaborations overcome some of these challenges, including Concordia’s P3 Index and The Intersector Project’s Toolkit.

Cara Weinberger is the Communications Associate at The Intersector Project. Cara helps advance The Intersector Project’s mission by managing the organization’s blog, social media presence, website, newsletter, and digital events. She has worked at a variety of cultural institutions and non-profits in New York City, including the National September 11 Memorial and Museum and the Paley Center for Media.