The purpose of Cross Collaborate is to serve as a learning resource for all those involved in shaping or influencing governmental decisions. It provides an introduction to core concepts and methods of public policy collaboration as well as commentary on leading issues and innovative practices. The site will soon add online learning to enhance the use of collaborative methods.
Governance today intertwines the public, private and nonprofit sectors in the management of public policy and the delivery of public services as never before. The sphere of governance revolves around partnerships, interagency agreements and cross-sector efforts of many types. A thorough understanding of collaborative techniques needs to be part of the core knowledge and competence of every manager, leader, advocate and citizen involved in any way in public policy and the process of governance. em>Cross Collaborate will explore both the advantages and limitations of collaborative methods to provide guidance on their appropriate use.
I’m John Folk-Williams, the publisher and editor of Cross Collaborate. Since the early 1980s, I’ve been a practitioner and writer in the field of public policy collaboration, interest-based negotiation, mediation and the involvement of citizens in the decisions that affect their lives. A site like this is itself a collaboration and will involve the contributions of numerous other practitioners, leaders from all sectors and talented writers and teachers.
Above all, an effective site depends on the interaction of everyone drawn here to learn and share what they know. Learning itself should be a collaborative enterprise.