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“Partnering” by Jean Oelwang

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


Siblings, humanitarians, and climate change leaders

Christiana and José María Figueres


Siblings José Maria and Christiana Figueres come from a family where service was fundamental to their upbringing—leading José Maria to serve as Costa Rica’s youngest president and both to dedicate their lives to sustainable development and finding solutions to the climate crisis. 

“We also are very mindful of when the other is going through a down time and life is full of ups and downs, and both of us have been through quite a few downs. And we are there for each other when the going gets really tough.”

Christiana Figueres

“At the end of the day what’s important about that is that we have been able to create a way of communicating with each other, that is respectful, loving. Very frank and direct.”

José María Figueres

“You always have to put yourself in the shoes of the other person. If you don’t understand where they are coming from, if you don’t have an appreciation for their arguments and how they are seeing things. It’s very, very challenging to put a meaningful partnership together.”

José María Figueres

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