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Robbie Alm, CLN President

The Collaborative Leaders Network exists to help leaders in our diverse community who are willing to work together to resolve complex issues in a different and durable way. Real, lasting change—where everyone ends up better off—comes from engaging in authentic, well‐managed conversations with people who see things differently.

Working over three decades with communities, business leaders, and policy makers, I have come to see that collaborative problem solving offers the greatest potential for resolving really tough issues—even those that seem intractable. Cultivating a collaborative mindset and offering the resources of CLN to Hawaii’s leaders seems not only like a good cultural fit but also a necessary one, given the challenges that we face.

As President of CLN, I work with community and business leaders to identify specific problems that can benefit from collaborative facilitation. Once an issue is deemed a good fit, CLN teams up with individuals from different sectors, who have a stake in the outcome, to develop a customized strategy that includes assembling the appropriate participants and designing a facilitated process that offers the greatest potential for success.

Collaborative problem solving is a better way to deal with Hawaii’s greatest challenges and, from my experience, a better way to relate to and understand each other.

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