The 11 Principles our communities embrace to get stuff done in the real world

Over the last year and a bit we have spent lots of time learning about what makes collaboration work. At the heart of this are the communities that have been emerging.

We wanted to share our curation of what our communities have learnt. We would love to hear what you think……

Collaborate Out Loud is all about creating surprising, simple and social shared spaces between the formal and informal and this is what we have learnt so far about how this happens…….

  • Embrace and harness the energy and magic of difference and the crowd
  • Create surprising, simple, and social spaces between the formal structures and informal networks
  • Spend time building a community, trust, and a shared intent where people bring their whole selves
  • Embrace the principles of transparency, democracy, and openness
  • Be social, share with generosity and kindness
  • Work on real and often complex challenges collaboratively, sense making through meaningful conversations
  • Borrow learning and thinking from anywhere and everywhere to learn collectively
  • Co-create novel solutions and ideas to tackle collective challenge
  • Rapidly test ideas and iterate them together
  • Work out loud as you go — attributing ideas and inspirations
  • Spread the best ideas (as well as the learning from what didn’t work) far and wide

Introducing the Collaborate Out Louder

Let’s make some noise and inspire action

Welcome to our new online Medium publication the Collaborate Out Louder

We have created this as a space where anyone can share their ideas and learning about collaboration. We want our communities to share their stories to spread learning and inspire others to have a go.

If you have a story tell that helps us to learn more about how we collaborate together submit to use via the publication.



A book club with a difference

As the Collaborate Out Loud Community has grown and emerged in all sorts of places and spaces it has felt important for us to think about how we engage others who can’t physically come to a gathering to be part of it.

When Helen Sanderson suggested creating a virtual book club a few months back it felt like an amazing way to not only connect people anywhere and everywhere but also it supported the principles that we know helps out communities to get stuff done in the real world.

So we are now getting going and we want you to help us create a reading list that can inspire the unusual suspects to think differently about the power of working different.

Add your ideas to the Tricider that is being curated by Ian Pettigrew and we will be exploring our first title on 12 December from 8–9PM.

Alongside the monthly virtual book clubs we will be curating an online library with a difference which will borrow learning from anywhere and everywhere to inspire, challenge and mobilise.

How Public Bubble are connecting and developing future leaders

Collaborating Out Loud are pleased to bring you the first of many podcasts in which Ash and Portia from Public Bubble North West share their views n what we need from our next generation of leaders and how they are supporting leaders from all sectors to develop these skills and more importantly the right mindset.

About Public bubble North West

Public Bubble North West has been set up by a group of young professionals who identified an opportunity to unify those who work in public services at a grassroots level, connecting future leaders to senior figures across organisations in order to facilitate greater collaboration at all levels. The group host events such as speaker panels, world café sessions and networking/ social events which aim to better connect and develop its audience. The group has grown hugely in its first year and currently operates on volunteered time from its nine committee members with no budget.

How do we build trust across the sectors to help innovation to flourish

We had a fab chat with the Collaborate Out Loud Community on all things trust, collaboration and innovation. If you missed our then you can catch up via Storify

Our next Twitter Chat is 24 August 8-9PM and we will be discussing fear and failure