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“Partnering” by Jean Oelwang

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


Spouses and partners in global health and international development

Gro and Arne Brundtland


Gro and Arne Brundtland have long-held opposing political beliefs, but deep trust and respect have enabled them to pursue their own paths. Gro is the first female prime minister of Norway and special envoy to the UN on climate change and Arne is an academic, political scientist and writer.

“We shared interest and values in many areas, including that of the belief in our responsibility to help avoid conflict and war, and contribute to a better world.”

Gro Brundtland

“Cooperating as a pair – whilst still having a high level of independence – Sharing a broad range of values and compassion. Open, trusting communication at all times and on all issues. Respect for individual priorities and a high level of independence, while cooperating as a pair.”

Gro Brundtland

“We had a continuous dialogue, about every issue under the sun! It included commenting on nuances, pluses and minuses in each other’s approaches and performances. The trust we built, made this possible, without hurting each other’s feelings. It really helped us both in our daily lives, at work and at home.”

Gro Brundtland
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