This manual provides a framework to strategically think about and practice collaboration with others within and outside various disciplines. Aware of the different approaches in accordance with discipline, gender, and career goals, through case studies from lived experiences, the editors have compiled guidelines on: • How to start, build and maintain collaborative networks with diverse audiences, • The opportunities that exist internally and externally to networks, • How to resolve conflicts, overcome resistance, and build trust and confidence. With a wide scope in both content and reach, this book is a valuable resource for researchers, practitioners and their supporters alike, particularly those who are looking to engage with various audiences such as individuals, institutions, private companies, and governments.

How can networks of trust be built and why do they matter?

How can networks of trust be built and why do they matter?
Erin Henslee

In this chapter we invite you to consider:

  • The importance of trust to collaborations and engagement work
  • How to build trust with your collaborating partners
  • How to maintain and grow trusting relationships
  • The role of reciprocity, ‘giving and receiving’, in a relationship
  • Important matters that could undermine trust

The concept of creating effective working relationships and methods for this practice, as well as of building what we have called ‘networks of trust’, is grounded in the idea that if people trust you, they are more likely to work with (and for) you. Whether collaborating internally or more widely, all collaborators will ...

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