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The Value of Collaboration

Photo: Postcards from Oaxaca

Collaboration = the action of working with someone to produce or create something

Essay
Lack of collaboration is a proverbial stone in the road for those developing any ‘sustainable’ tourism operation.

Many tourism players are aware that improving collaboration is a worthy objective, yet they feel stymied by how to put practice into action. We talk about collaborating and then find it an impossible task. Can we instead make a public commitment to collaboration?

Benefits of Collaboration
That said, if the people come together they end up creating something that could not be accomplished individually. Also, the ‘end product’ is often something that was previously unimagined as the process itself generates new developments.

Solutions
Let’s be clever and work smarter, not harder. Some are technical – shared collaborative documents. Some are philosophical – how open do you want to be? Also, how do we structure actions so that they engage shier people – those who don’t want to attend a public event or committee meeting?

Slideshare
We explored this topic during the 2011 Responsible Tourism in Cities Conference in Durban, South Africa.

YouTube

Posters
How many people does it take to make a reality?
How many people does it take to make a reality? #rtcities 05.2011

Misc
How we broaden the base allows us to climb higher. A rising tide lifts all boats.

Collaboration is different than cooperation in that it includes different players with various interests, some of which may be at odds with one another.

Quotes
Clear takeaway from interesting #WTMLDN meetings is the imperative to collaborate among those of working in sustainable tourism. But we always say that, don’t we? It’s time to move beyond lip service, co-create solutions, and stop trying to solve similar problems in isolation.

Planeta.com

The Value of Communication = El Valor de la Comunicación

Continuity

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Partnership

Partner

Oaxaca Postcards (2008)

Stones in the Road

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