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 you initiate collaboration and wider engagement?

How can you initiate collaboration and wider engagement?

In this chapter we invite you to consider:

  • The benefits of being proactive
  • Advice on planning your own collaborative activity
  • Guidance on facilitating your own collaborative activity
  • Practical, inexpensive and easy-to-run examples for collaboration and engagement
  • Some of the challenges you might face
  • Suggestions for addressing any potential challenges

While involvement in an existing collaborative or engagement activity or event might provide you with your first steps in this arena, you will want to progress to your creating your own events or activities. Indeed, the longer you remain within academia, the more likely it is that you will, and in our view should, be initiating this kind of activity as you will recognise the value and ...

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