Collaboration: Unlocking the Secrets to Successful Partnerships with Alison Coward, Rebecca Sutherns and Sunni Brown

Workshops.Work · February 21, 2024

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Alison Coward, Rebecca Sutherns and Sunni Brown are each exceptional facilitators in their own right, but that doesn’t mean they see things in exactly the same way.

They came together for this unique episode, a fireside conversation all about collaboration, and provided some incredible thoughts and reflections.

Pull up a chair by the fire and dive into the particulars of what it means to collaborate, how we can create the conditions for creative connection, and why the ‘right’ people will fail to collaborate without a deliberate structure.

Find out about:

  • Why facilitators have a glaring gap in their CV when it comes to collaboration
  • What happens when we leave collaboration to chance… and how to fix the results
  • Why solo and group work are both necessary for effective collaboration
  • How boundaries, responsibilities, and limits help us become better collaborators
  • Why creating an appropriate context makes such a significant difference
  • What the difference is between collaboration and ‘collective thinking’
  • Why it’s wrong to assume that the best outcome from a collaboration should amalgamate every view that’s been shared

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The world is waking up to the power of facilitation. Whether it's hosting a workshop, holding better meetings, or leading happy and productive teams - we want to make collaboration easy and effective. Dr. Myriam Hadnes is the founder of NeverDoneBefore, a global online facilitation community and festival, and this is her podcast. 'workshops work' is 50% sandbox and 50% classroom, a safe space for anyone interested in facilitation to learn more about the craft. Each week, a professional facilitator, trainer, or coach joins Myriam to discuss their interests and experiences in the world of facilitation. The conversations are open, and honest, and make facilitation understandable and accessible to all.Get practical tips and advice from a raft of experts and uncover the magic ingredients that make workshops work. You can download a free 1-page summary of each episode on

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