Looking for the right partnership - Peter Birch

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Partnerships can be built on different models depending on the arrangement, the objective, cooperation and/or collaboration, and which values we have. I propose here 5 models.

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    1. 1. Looking for the right partnerships Peter BIRCH European Commission, Education, Audiovisual & Culture Executive Agency 1
    2. 2. Definitions (1) Wikipedia: A partnership is an arrangement in which parties agree to cooperate to advance their mutual interests 2
    3. 3. Definitions (2) Collins English Dictionary: a contractual relationship between two or more persons carrying on a joint business venture with a view to profit, each incurring liability for losses and the right to share in the profits 3
    4. 4. Definitions (3) The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: A relationship between individuals or groups that is characterized by mutual cooperation and responsibility, as for the achievement of a specified goal 4
    5. 5. Model 1 the symbolic King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table 5
    6. 6. Model 2 the minimalist Pac-man 6
    7. 7. Model 3 the structured Philadelphia Orchestra at American premiere of Mahler's 8th Symphony (1916). The orchestra 7
    8. 8. Model 4 the engaged Armageddon Armageddon movie poster, American release Source: © Touchstone Pictures. 8
    9. 9. Model 5 the spontaneous Kind of Blue L to R: Coltrane, Adderley, Davis, Evans 9
    10. 10. Some questions when discussing partnerships Do we share/have a common interest or are our individual interests better achieved through the partnership, or both? On what can I give my agreement? On very general principles, or on concrete roles, responsibilities and profits? What skills/know-how can I bring to the partnership? What do I need in the partnership (in terms of skills and attitudes)? Do we want a leader or de we want just a coordinator? Do we want both? I wish you good work 10

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