We launched our business at MADE - the entrepreneur’s festival - 2012 in Sheffield, with a panel discussion around the topic of 'Collaborative capitalism - Utopian vision or pragmatic reality'.
Our panel featured four incredibly talented business people:
We were honoured to be have our event introduced by Paul Firth, one of the co-founders of the MADE festival.
In what was a spirited and wide ranging discussion, in front of a packed room in Sheffield City Hall (standing room only!) we came to the following conclusions:
You need emotional intelligence to successfully collaborate, yet underpin this ability to trust with ‘clear eyed’ agreements
Collaboration increases your ability to deliver larger & better work
Working with others enhances creativity and innovation
Successful businesses treat everyone as collaborative partners - including their customers
By identifying shared interests with others you can progress your business mission without upfront cost
The debate was followed by drinks, and it was great to get such positive feedback from all the people attending.
We were developing Co Lab Partners, with our vision of collaborative capitalism, when we came across this blog post by John Hagel.
Hagel sets out the intellectual framework for why what we are doing is the future, and the reasons it makes sense.
Phrases such as “Knowledge Flow” and “Positive Sum Mindset” are key to our world view, as he calls it: ‘The big shift’