Facilitator William Tsuma concluded his session during the 1st Hub Issue Series by highlighting the potential for hubs to transform the nation, something that would be difficult to achieve under the current status quo of Hubs working in isolation.
Collaboration is typically in the top 5 of most Hub objectives. In the article, “How the Hub Found Its Center,” author Michel Bachmann describes the foundation of Hubs as prompted by a desire to find new economic models, at a time of endless ideas for making the world a better place. A key question here was “where does one go to make them happen?” With a general lack of infrastructure, experience, and networks, hubs became the solution, a central space where people come together to connect, collaborate and share resources.
Drawing from this perspective, collaboration is engrained in the DNA of Hubs and aligning this to the findings of the Hub Issue Series, here’s why collaboration amongst different Hubs is key:
1.Collaboration boosts creativity and out of the box thinking.
“Good things happen when diverse people come together to collaborate.”
With the amount of diverse skills sets, networks, and perspectives within the ecosystem, collaboration would breed out of the box manifestations. In turn, more creative outputs are produced, as well as a more seasoned entrepreneurial pool of players that is competitive on a global scale.
2. Collaboration is key to building a sense of community
The process of resource and idea sharing thrives when there is a sense of community. In the face of unhealthy competition, which is often characterized by carrying out covert operations to fight for grants or other opportunities, collaboration becomes the neutral ground. In other words, perceiving each other as co-creators within the same community adding value in different ways, as opposed to competitors fighting for the same limited resources.
3. Collaboration is key to creating a sustained Hub network
“Many ecosystem challenges cross jurisdictional boundaries and require systemic changes beyond the capabilities of individual companies or even of an industry.”
When Hubs collaborate, they can tap into each other’s resources and networks. Most issues raised by the Hub leaders during the Hub Issue Series concerned issues that are sometimes best tackled as teams. A weak point in one Hub may be best complimented through collaboration with another. The answer to making greater impact for sustained periods of time lies herein, in collaboration between Hubs.
It is worth underlining here that clear reasons for collaboration need to be identified; otherwise commitments will be weak and efforts, futile. Additionally, collaborative efforts need to make sense and be mutually beneficial for all parties.
Done well, what naturally unfolds through these processes is an effective network servicing multiple parties in a complimentary way with greater efficiency and less duplicated efforts.
As the Hub network continues to grow and take shape, issues including access to additional resources at lower costs, increased creativity are best tackled through collaboration.