The Question For Today

February 10, 2009

What is the five syllable word for “w-o-r-k-i-n-g t-o-g-e-t-h-e-r?”

Easy answer, you say? Of course. It’s collaboration. It’s something women — and women’s organizations — are known for. We are experts at it. AAUW’s most recent initiative in collaboration is the National Girls Collaborative Project.

And collaboration works, right?

Yes, it does. Every one of us has our own story about teamwork, the strength of joining forces to champion the cause. For the National Girls Collaborative Project, the results are monumental. Since its launch in 2006, NGCP has facilitated:

  • 3,007,349 successful website requests
  • 13 webcasts with 1,156 registrants, an average of 96 registrants per webcast
  • 1,025 projects listed in the program directory, representing 2,467,160 girls
  • 672,095 website requests for the program directory
  • 17 events serving 956 people
  • 14 active regional collaboratives with leadership teams representing 63 different organizations

Does this mean collaboration is always smooth sailing? Not necessarily. In a provocative article in the Utne Reader, “When Groups Don’t Think,” the author poses the challenging questio: “Collaboration, done right, produces dazzling results. So why is it often disastrous?” Click and read to challenge yourself about your collaborative efforts. Are we guarding against these pitfalls in our branch teamwork with NGCP?

After that, click and register for our next webcast to get up to speed on AAUW, the National Girls Collaborative Project, and “collaboration” in general. Join us Wednesday, February 11, 2009, 11 a.m.–12 p.m. PST. The webcast, “Best Practices in Creating Successful Collaborations,” highlights the NGCP’s strategic activities to encourage collaboration among girl-serving STEM projects. The webcast will examine the key elements of effective collaboration by providing lessons learned from project staff and partners.

I look forward to hearing from you. Please join us!

Elizabeth Vandenburg
AAUW Regional Liaison
Mid-Atlantic Girls Collaborative (MAGiC)

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1 Comment

  1. Cid says:

    I’d like to collaborate on a plan to send you and Nick and the kids away–a long way away–next holiday season.

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