Identifying Shared Purpose

It is important for all parties to have a joint or at least complimentary purpose, with a clear mandate. Partnerships succeed where stakeholders are clear and open about their drivers for being involved. Even where purposes are not shared open communication is required so that all stakeholders can get what they need out of the process.

Remember that you’re all on the same side! It’s not a case of them and us; it’s benefit to the community that is important - and the partnership needs to jointly define community need  and show how the asset transfer would meet that need. Define your joint goals at the beginning, but allow for different aspirations.