Collaboration is a highly effective form of organization for social change because collaboration enables people to become the change they seek. Collaboration is a form of constructive cooperation for the common good. Collaboration is a middle pathway between individual autonomy and collective institutionalization. Social collaboration is not a new social invention. Social collaboration has existed in many forms through much of human history. However, in the midst of the present paradoxical world of instant global communication on the one hand and on the other hand the anxiety of personal powerlessness, collaboration is a rising form of positive social change.
Collaboration, as described in the book Journeys into Justice, is built out of a widespread and deep desire among people of all walks of life to come together and cooperate for the common good. The ten successful religious collaboration case histories in the book were informed by deep religious values that arose out of diverse religious backgrounds, and sought to find common ground on which groups of people were able to act for social justice in ways that benefit the common good. Collaboration developed trust, bonding, clear goals, deep commitment, and a long-term view. Through collaboration, love-compassion-justice values were translated into practical strategy and operational tactics.
This book demonstrates how collaboration bridged the gap between small local groups of citizens and the mega institutions that shape public policy. Collaboration can be a powerful force for effective social change that benefits large numbers of people.
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