A Handful of Nails

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I attended an excellent conference on collaboration recently.

There were many words used, but at the end of the day, although collaboration can take our ideas forwards, it can be a very difficult and frustrating exercise. We should be sure of what we are talking about – how we define things – or time can be wasted needlessly. A simple phrase like “child care” will conjure up a different meaning to a Social Worker than to a parent or a Nurse. We all talk different languages – approach things from a different viewpoint.

How do we work together around and within these complexities? How difficult can it be? With basic elements in place, how complicated can we make it? Or at least, that is how it appears.

So this is an inspiring story of collaboration and engagement – but in the most extraordinary circumstances. It is a story of the Arctic and the Inuit; of survival…

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