“When we can get people to the table to reflect together, we are much more likely to regard the decisions they make as legitimate, fair, and wise.”

– Kem Lowry, Ph.D. University of Hawaii

“The challenge is less about learning new things, and more about reawakening basic instincts that are at the heart of human survival and sustainability: collaboration, cooperation, mutual respect.”

– Robbie Alm President Collaborative Leaders Network

“Collaborative group members need to be willing to think beyond the sector they represent and work toward solutions that provide the broadest benefits.”

– Diane Zachary President and CEO Kauai Planning and Action Alliance
E Komo Mai!

There’s a lot to love about Hawaii.
And a lot to worry about.
Energy. Food. Waste. Education. Transportation. Jobs. And more.

And worse.

Where once people in our island communities gathered to discuss, deliberate, and solve tough issues, we seem to have forgotten how to work together. Our debates are raucous, our meetings are fatiguing, the public mood seems angrier and uglier… and all while our problems intensify.

Hawaii’s most vexing challenges are those that cut across sectors — public/private/community — and defy solutions when dealt with as separate entities. That’s exactly why we need to approach complex problems from a cross-sector perspective. Collaborative leaders know that the way to produce lasting change is to engage people who have a mutual stake in the outcome to search for solutions that promise collective benefit.

Solving big problems has to be a team sport. And that’s where you come in.

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Meet Robbie Alm

In Robbie's role as President of CLN, he works closely with community and business leaders to help identify and resolve some of Hawaii’s toughest issues. Robbie’s leadership of CLN builds on his three decades of work in this community and his unwavering dedication to improving the quality of life for the people of Hawaii through collaboration.

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From the Idea Bank

  1. Facilitators' Credo

    A Credo for Facilitators was put together by Peter Adler, John Barkai, Donna Ching, Dolores Foley, Holly Henderson, Kem Lowry, Tom Mitrano, and Jane Yamashiro in 1998. The statement grew out of a series of discussions about the use and occasional abuse of “facilitation” in the public, private, and civic sectors. The authors encourage readers to […]

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From the Examples

  1. Taro Security and Purity Task Force

    The legislatively mandated Taro Security and Purity Task Force was asked to assist the state in creating legislation that would protect the future of taro growing in Hawaii while considering economic development, bio-security and bio-prospecting, cultural, land, and water issues. Task force members would include taro farmers from each island, public sector… 

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