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Collaboration 101: How to Optimize Working Together in a World Desperate to Heal

Nadia Al-Wahaibi May 14, 2021

Collectively, we’ve recently become more aware of the fragility in our healthcare, social and economic systems—all within the backdrop of an escalating climate crisis. In an effort to fix what is broken, we’re now seeing a proliferation of abundantly well-intentioned initiatives, dialogue, and as a hallmark of our time, #hashtagsforgood. 

However, to move past performative declarations and into meaningful action, it’s important to understand this: In our delicately interconnected world, the difference between where you are and where you’d like to be comes down to whether or not you understand what it means to actively collaborate, and your access to resources to make partnerships happen.

At Spring Activator, we’re in the business of helping socially and environmentally driven entrepreneurs and stakeholders accelerate their impact. While we’re seeing the number of impact-focused partnerships between stakeholders increase, we’re also noticing a critical gap in how ‘collaboration’ is interpreted between two parties, often leading to stagnant and low-to-no impact execution. 

In this hour-long session, we invite you to join us for a conversation around this seemingly basic but often misunderstood concept of ‘collaboration.’ Together, we’ll explore the following set of questions, and more—

  • What does collaboration mean and look like? What doesn’t it look like? 
  • How can organizations work together to nurture strong ties and leverage each other’s strengths to realize their vision? 
  • How can we optimize collaboration in a world still largely working remotely? 
  • How inclusive are your collaboration practices? Who is missing from the conversation?


“Putting both your logos on something and advertising it to the public isn’t collaboration”

– Allison Gibson, Food Innovation Program Manager, Spring Activator



Meta Themes

  • Stakeholder Economics & Leadership

  • Sustainable Development

  • Equity & Inclusion

  • Social Entrepreneurship


Collaboration, Impact, Inclusion

Purpose and Desired Outcome

We aim to deliver a primarily interactive session, including a short presentation of case studies, followed by open discussions and Q/As. The purpose behind this session is to raise awareness around the shortcomings of how well-meaning collaborations are often actioned. Our desire is for attendees to leave the session with a renewed understanding of why collaboration is important while being more mindful about how to approach current and future collaborations.


  • Corporate & SME

  • Government

  • Academia

  • Accelerators & Incubators


  • NameAllison Gibson
  • TitleFood Innovation Program Manager
  • OrganizationSpring Activator
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameHilary Kilgour
  • TitleImpact Investment Director
  • OrganizationSpring Activator
  • StatusConfirmed
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