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“Partnering” by Jean Oelwang

Tangible lessons from 65+ of the world's most remarkable partnerships.

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Collective Connections

A framework of design principles to scale collaborations, with Deep Connections at the center as role models, as hubs of momentum, and as connective tissue.

Watch the video above for a concise but meaningful overview of Collective Connections
Water Cycle #3. Martin Hill and Philippa Jones

Water Cycle #3. Martin Hill and Philippa Jones

Building Collective Connections of people and keeping up the momentum as they drive toward shared goals is not an easy process.  It takes hard work and a commitment to be All-In. Fortunately, the Plus Wonder partnerships continually show us that this is not only possible, but essential for our survival.

We have learned so much from how these partnerships have built their own Deep Connections, which they then expanded to wider collectives, and, in many cases, nurtured movements that have lasted for decades.

“We first must make peace with nature. We’ve no hope for making peace among humankind, our fellow humans… if we fail to take care of the systems of the natural world. It is the underpinning of everything.”

Screenshot 2022-04-12 at 16.51.00 Sylvia Earle

“I think, at its deepest level, it’s about shared purpose and it’s about what originally drew us together, which is being part of a movement to confront climate change.”

Screenshot 2022-04-12 at 16.40.30 May Boeve

“The ten of us and our families, our wives and our extended families, we formed a partnership where we deeply respected each other, hid nothing… it was the primacy of what we called the central committee or the central team focused on ending smallpox in India. And it was magical, and it still is.”

Screenshot 2022-04-12 at 16.52.24 Larry Brilliant

“There was no one [in the ozone community] worried about losing their own personal identity because they were strong, strong characters in and of themselves… These partnerships [in the ozone community] are successful because they combine strong personalities with the will to collaborate.”

Screenshot 2022-04-12 at 16.53.13 Nancy Reichman

“I think the role of sharing stories has always been important, and part of the value of working in a network is that you’re connected to so many more people… The secret sauce is high level of activity done jointly. And I think that’s more than anything why we’ve trusted each other and been able to build a community of staff and volunteers that includes more than 160 staff and hundreds of thousands of people who’re active around the world.”

Screenshot 2022-04-12 at 16.40.30 May Boeve

“What they would implement, and how, has been based on a circle of friends, an ever-growing circle of friends, that has worked tirelessly under conditions of personal trust.”

Screenshot 2022-04-12 at 16.54.53 Mostafa Tolba

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Interested in diving deeper into the Six Degrees of Connection? Consider taking our connection quiz to track your progress in becoming a Plus Wonder Explorer! You can also skip the quiz and dive deeper into this degree with exercises and tools. Chart your own course toward deepening your connections, and then continue your journey of learning toward becoming a Plus Wonder Architect.

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