Like a good book and a rainy day, cookies and milk, road trips and your best playlist, some things are just better together. Why? Because they are able to bring out the best in their partners. It’s often the same in systems change work: when we strategically partner with each other, the whole is better than the sum of its parts because of the synergy created from the collaboration.

This is not to say good collaborations just happen. As anybody who is in a relationship can tell you, they take work and commitment; sometimes they take compromises; and almost always they take introspection and honest assessments. This month, we’re taking a look at how to do just that. We’re featuring blogs and actionable tools around strengthening collaborative efforts, as well as taking a look at what collaboration and collective impact really mean in practice, in an effort to help us get to better, together.

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