Competition vs Collaboration
The idea of collaboration isn’t new, but why is it so difficult for organizations to create truly generative, systems-shifting partnerships?
Crisis, as we’ve seen during COVID, can be a motivator for collaboration. But, can we find ways to collaborate without the need for a burning platform?
What type of leadership is required to foster radial collaboration? What successful examples can we draw from? And what elements of competition might serve us as we look to remain in “the game” (aka planetary and human health) long-term?
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Catherine Connors is the CEO of the League of Badass Women, a private global network of female leaders, innovators, and change-agents. She’s the former Editor in Chief of Babble Media and former head of content for The Walt Disney Company’s digital division. After leaving Disney, she co-founded Maverick, a venture-backed digital platform for collaboration between girls and young women that was named one of Fast Company’s World’s Most Innovative Companies in 2019, and co-authored the critically acclaimed The Feminine Revolution (Seal Press, November 2018). Catherine is based in Los Angeles, California.
Charlie FelgateLeague Global Fellow
After an awesome nine years of living the entrepreneurial life (3 company creations), in 2015 I decided to return to sports retailer Decathlon where it all began (1999-2005), to work in Sustainable Development Communications. After 3 years, the focus then turned to the company’s Vision. Vision 2030 was be a huge exercise of collective intelligence, open to all, encouraging as many people as possible to drive the change, for a better, fairer and more inclusive sporty world. As we approached the end of the process, Covid struck, and we decided to rebaptise the exercise as Vision 2021, as tomorrow starts today. www.decathlonvision.com
My key skills are dreaming, catalysing dreams, inspiring others (so they say), and organising dreams into strategy and action plans. Dreaming is good, but making them happen is even better ;)
Director & General Counsel, EHS, General Electric Company
Roger Martella is a career environmental and climate change lawyer with experience in the federal government, private practice, and in-house. Roger currently serves as Director and General Counsel for General Electric’s Environment, Health and Safety operations worldwide. At GE, Roger coordinates the Company’s role in contributing innovation and technology to successful climate change, energy transition, and decarbonization solutions promotes compliance with environmental, safety, sustainability and climate change requirements, and develops policies and procedures to keep workers and communities safe in the wake of COVID-19. Prior to GE, Roger co-lead Sidley Austin LLP’s tier 1 ranked global environmental law and climate change practices. Prior to Sidley, Roger was General Counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where he was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate, and the Principal Counsel for Complex Litigation for the Justice Department’s Natural Resources Section.
Several ranking organizations have awarded Roger their top ratings and hall of fame recognitions for environmental and climate change law globally and in the United States. Roger has co-authored and edited four books on the intersections of climate change law, international environmental law, human rights, and ESG, including co-editing the recently published Corporate Social Responsibility—Sustainable Business: Environmental, Social and Governance Frameworks for the 21st Century (Wolters Kluwer 2020) and has addressed the United Nations, Congress, and other entities on these topics on many occasions. He is an active board member of the Environmental Law Institute, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) and several environmental NGOs, energy think tanks, and “intrapreneurship” organizations and serves on the executive council of both the International Bar Association’s and ABA’s environmental sections (SEERIL and SEER), where he promoted and helped draft recent presidential-level climate resolutions.
Roger graduated from Vanderbilt Law School, where he was editor in chief of the Vanderbilt Law Review, and Cornell University. He grew up in Norristown, PA, where his family ran a corner Italian bakery.
With over 20 years of combined experience as an automotive engineer and industrial designer, Safir has been able to leverage his strategic thinking and creative problem-solving skills to tackle a wide range of innovation challenges. Safir was an early adopter of 3D design and prototyping tools and carried his experience from the automotive world into the fashion and footwear industry. As Head of Innovation for the industry’s leading Action Sports brand, Vans, he oversaw a number of initiatives that spanned across product and experiences. In his new role, supporting VF’s Apparel, Footwear, and Accessories brands (amongst which Vans, The North Face, Timberland, Dickies and most recently Supreme) with their Digital Transformation, he aims to explore the opportunities offered by digital tools and workflows and imagine the future of digitally enabled product creation and experiences.
He is an Aspen Institute First Mover’s fellow, heads up the 3D Retail Coalition’s Education Committee and teaches Design and Innovation at Art Center College of Design as well as at University of Southern California’s Iovine and Young Academy (founded by Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine).
An advocate of purposeful and responsible design, Safir believes that today’s designers and innovators have an incredible opportunity to harness their collective creativity and today’s technological affordances to tackle the world’s social and humanitarian challenges.