February 1st: Partnerships and Transformation. Presentation of the new book by Leda Stott

Partnership and transformation

Next February 1st at 3:30 p.m. we organize a new (im)probable dialogue to present the new book by our colleague Leda Stott “Partnership and Transformation: The Promise of Multi-stakeholder Collaboration in Context”. It will be a hybrid event, in the itdUPM space and with live broadcast over the internet.

This event will present and explore some of the book’s key themes in a panel discussion with the author, Leda Stott, and representatives of three organizations whose work has informed the content of the publication: Bulbul Baksi, Lead for Learning and Advanced Practice at the Partnership Brokers Association (PBA), Carlos Mataix, Director of theInnovation and Technology for Development Centre at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (itdUPM) and David F. Murphy, Academic Lead at the Initiative for Leadership and Sustainability at the University of Cumbria (IFLAS) and Series Editor of Citizenship and Sustainability in Organizations

“Partnership and Transformation: The Promise of Multi-stakeholder Collaboration in Context” argues that partnership must be understood in relation to specific contexts and the added value that it may offer for individuals, organizations and wider society. Drawing on evidence from both academics and practitioners, the book suggests that the transformational potential of partnership rests critically upon a move away from purely instrumental considerations of its worth to a deeper appreciation of its intrinsic value as a process based on interpersonal relationships. 

A stronger balance between pragmatic and reflective dimensions of partnership can, it is claimed, enhance opportunities for meaningful deliberation and productive conflict, and contribute to the systems change needed for a global citizenship that embraces human well-being and stewardship of the planet.


Leda Stott

Specialist in multi-stakeholder collaboration, Leda has worked internationally to support partnership research, training and evaluation activities with intergovernmental bodies, bilateral development agencies and a wide range of foundations, businesses and non-governmental organizations. She works as a partnership expert for the European Commission, teaches on various postgraduate programmes at universities in Spain and the UK, and is an Associate of the Innovation and Technology for Development Centre, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (itdUPM) and the Partnership Brokers Association (PBA).

Leda Stott

Carlos Mataix

Professor of the Department of Organizational Engineering at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, and Director of the Innovation and Technology for Development Centre at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid-itdUPM. His current work focuses on the design and management of organizational contexts that stimulate collaboration between organizations and between knowledge. His involvement in the design and launch of itdUPM has had the goal of turning this center into a national and international reference in innovation for sustainability, as well as a space for working on multi-actor innovation platforms.

Carlos Mataix

David F. Murphy

David is Associate Professor Sustainability and Collaborative Leadership and Academic Lead of the Initiative for Leadership and Sustainability (IFLAS), University of Cumbria. He also leads the university’s new Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) programme.

David has extensive global-local experience of working on multi-stakeholder engagement and collaboration with senior leaders and change agents in business, government, universities, NGOs, and the United Nations system, including related teaching, applied research and consultancy on partnerships for sustainable development.

Recent projects include: developing collaboration competencies and promoting small business action for the SDGs in North West England, and capacity development work with Lancaster City Council, the local Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector and other partners to develop localized SDG indicators.


Bulbul Baksi

Bulbul Baksi is a partnership brokering practitioner based in India and Lead for Advanced Practice and Learning at the Partnership Brokers Association. She has been working in the social development sector for over twenty five years in South Asia and has supported capacity strengthening in partnership brokering through PBA training programmes, in different parts of the world, and mentoring a diverse range of practitioners in partnership brokering roles. She has worked with international organizations, multilateral funders, Government as well as local NGOs and communities, helping to question, challenge and bridge the inequitable power relations through a principled approach to partnering. 

While she continues to provide professional partnership brokering support to big organizations, her recent interest focuses on experimenting with this approach in community settings and working with community based practitioners. This is an area that PBA is foraying into and believes that potential for transformation through collaborative processes cannot be realized unless communities and community based practitioners participate equitably in them.

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