The “Maturing Public-Private Partnerships Workshop” project has allowed the Mid-Atlantic Center for Emergency Management (MACEM) staff to meet and interact with interesting and knowledgeable emergency management professionals across the country.  We have been rewarded with lively exchanges of ideas during the Workshops and with being able to observe the participants assisting each other with the development of partnership concepts and addressing challenges to the collective efforts.

At the urging of Mark Hubbard, one of our P3 adjuncts, we began searching for an environment to continue the collective thought process and exchange that occurs in each Workshop, and expand the participation to all the Workshop graduates and others interested in public-private partnerships.  A listserv allows us to push out information but does not provide a forum for discussion, exchange, and supportive interaction. Mark suggested a Blog, focused on public-private partnerships that would continue the discussions of the Workshops and provide a “sounding board” for individuals with challenges and experiences in P3. Utilizing today’s technology to continue the relationships and discussions is appropriate to support public-private partnership efforts.

MACEM’s commitment to the Blog will be to identify and share current literature to support P3 efforts, along with success stories, training and education opportunities, lessons learned, and technology.  We ask you to consider sharing several opportunities:

  • P3 resources you identify
  • P3 success stories
  • P3 challenges
  • Comments on how the workshop experience has assisted, or hindered, you
  • Suggestions for MACEM training or support in public-private partnerships

Additionally, please comment on the material that we, MACEM and other Blog readers, share.  Maintaining the interaction and learning stimulated by the Workshops is the goal of the P3 Blog.

To begin our journey we have several suggestions for resources:

  • How to Build a Culture of Trust

The article addresses the challenges of building trust in social impact organizations. The source’s 3p Podium is also an excellent resource for continuing P3 information.

  • Networked Impact: This is Not Your Grandfather’s Coalition

This continues current collective impact experience from the Stanford SOCIAL INNOVATION Review.

  • The Intersector Toolkit: Tools for Cross-Sector Collaboration

“This Toolkit provides practical knowledge for practitioners from government, business, and non-profit sectors to diagnose, design, implement, and assess cross-sector collaborations.”

Let us know what you think about these resources, what you have changed or accomplished in your local P3 efforts, and your experiences with local collaborative efforts!