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Effective and Equitable Collaboration: A Skillbuilding Cohort

We are inviting organizations whose work calls for effective and equitable collaboration - both internally, with community and with other organizations - to send up to five staff members to participate in this skillbuilding cohort. 


This cohort model will support learning and connections across organizations as well as with internal colleagues, enabling participants to more successfully bring their learnings back into their organizations. 




  • A five-month skillbuilding cohort bringing together staff from 4-5 organizations.

  • This cohort will build participants skills to effectively collaborate with those inside and outside their organization. The cohort will focus on providing frameworks for the practices that enable effective collaboration, including: 

  • Open & Frequent Communication  

  • Roles & Responsibilities 

  • Collaborative Decision-Making 

  • Normalizing Conflict  

  • It will then build on these core concepts, offering tools to support collaborating across difference and engaging community in our collaborations. 

  • The course will engage learners in a variety of ways through videos, readings and activities that support self-reflection, and developing shared understanding and analysis.​

Who would benefit from this cohort? 

  • Individuals who are responsible for bringing people together to collaborate, e.g. staff managing or coordinating coalitions, task forces, workgroups, etc. 

  • Staff who are launching, revamping, evolving or expanding a collaboration

  • Staff seeking to embed equity into their collaborative projects 


When & Where

  • April - September 2023 

  • Opening Retreat + 5 monthly 2.5-hour sessions

  • Mix of in-person and virtual


  • $5,000 per organization for up to five staff to attend 

Collaboration: What Makes It Work 

Kirsten Johnson, Courageous Change Collective co-founder is the co-author of Collaboration: What Makes It Worka research-based practitioner's guide to effective collaboration. The book will be one of the primary sources we draw upon to support the cohort’s learning. It provides concrete evidence-based strategies to support you in building your capacity to build equitable collaborations. 


About the Courageous Change Collective

Learn more about the cohort facilitation team here:

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