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Abigail Faylor, Vice President at Panorama
We all nod in agreement when we hear someone say we need to collaborate more. But turning this aspiration into action isn’t as easy as it sounds. This is especially true if you’re trying to get people from different disciplines or sectors – who don’t think or operate in the same ways – to work together.
But progress can be made.
One great example I’ve seen recently is the Bridge Collaborative. This unique partnership between The Nature Conservancy, PATH, Duke University, and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) consists of people who are determined to find common ground across health, environment, and development. And their ethos resonates with many other like-minded communities, such as Planetary Health and One Health.
I deeply believe that cross-sector collaboration is the only way we are going to overcome the global challenges we face today.
This is common knowledge – hence the SDGs – but the practical application of this can be stymied by the everyday routine. For example, I have heard again and again from people who are passionate about change and have influence and resources within their organizations, but still can’t seem to make significant progress internally due to deeply entrenched silos and norms.
So, how can we change this?
I recently joined the Bridge Collaborative partners and other leaders of health, environment, and development organizations to discuss this very question. What we came away with wasn’t rocket science. Instead it’s more about determination and common sense.
Here are ten guidelines to help motivate holistic thinking and action within an organization and beyond:
Solving the huge, complex global problems we face today demands a holistic approach. To continue making socioeconomic gains, building on the successes seen over the last two decades, we must break down silos and act together.