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By Richard watkins
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About this project

You have big ambitions...

...and that almost always take a team. We know that working together works - especially facing important and complex problems. But experience tells us that working in collaboration with others is rarely easy and sometimes is a total nightmare. Group dynamics can get us into as many problems as the problems we are trying to solve.

There is no magic formula to collaboration and most of us learn the hard way how to get more out of groups. If there is a trick, it’s learning to find the right conversation. A good conversation can turn a conflict into a new creative direction, or a disaster into deeper commitment.

But how to find the right conversation?

Our Collaboration Cards put 30 powerful and practical conversations on the table. Whether you are leading a collaborative group or part of one, these cards will help you get more out of working together.

The cards are ordered around the same Let’s Go model that we use in our consulting and training – a simple clear identification of the 5 dynamics of collaboration:

  • Belief – why we are committed to this and what future we want 
  • Structure – what’s the plan, scope, resources and accountabilities
  • Involvement – who’s involved and how to get the best out of each other
  • Progress – making decisions and moving forwards towards our goal
  • Care – the relationships that build resilience and lasting commitment

To hear more, watch Richard talk at DDDx Skillsmatter

How will I use the cards?

The cards can be used in lots of ways – if you are preparing for a project, if you want a team health check, as a reflection tool for leaders, or to introduce collaboration to teams – the list goes on. But as a simple structure, this is one way people are using the cards:

1. Lay out the coloured cards in stacks - which dynamic do you need to look at?

2. Unpack the conversation cards - which conversation do you need to have?

3. Flip the card and have the conversation - or go looking for other conversation 

What will I get?

1. A pack of high quality Collaboration Cards exploring the five dynamics of collaboration - 320gsm high quality Linen Finish Playing Card

2. Bonus cards which explore some more personal conversations around how individuals show up in collaboration

3. Clearly articulated instruction cards, with guidance on how to use the cards.

4. Access to a 60 minute e-learning module that covers:

  • Making sense of collaboration and unpicking common confusions
  • Self-reflection exercises that ground what you already know (more than you think)
  • Getting familiar with the five dynamics and how to engage with them
  • Tips and tricks for working with the cards

Who are the cards for?

Anyone trying to get groups of people working in collaboration to make an impact in the world.

  • Team leaders
  • Project managers
  • Start ups
  • Creatives
  • Innovators
  • Young people
  • Community projects

To get the best of these cards you will have some experience of facilitating others. Leading collaborative groups is a muscle that takes time (a lifetime?) to build and these cards are not a magic wand. That said, they will arm you with a simple structure that can help you find the right conversations.

Where does the thinking come from?

This is a tool that has been built from two decades of practical experience. That said, the thinking is consistent with and informed by a whole host of social science and wisdom on: human psychology, design thinking, creative process, network analysis, empathy, group dynamics, relationships, power, agile, gestalt therapy, bioenergetics, somatics, anthropology of religion, and start-up-culture.

Richard Watkins is a lifelong collaborator who founded Let’s Go and created the model. He started his career with 8 years in R&D at BP before moving into consulting. Over the last decade (with What If, Business 3.0, Propellerfish and Let’s Go) he has worked on 75+ projects in 20+ countries working on innovation, strategy, culture change, and leadership. Outside of work, he has long been involved in local community projects and over the last 7 years leading global artistic collaborations (like The Mixup and The Airmail Project).

The cards and the model has been further built in collaboration. Let’s Go is a team of four with diverse backgrounds in strategy consulting, tech, education and community. But we also incorporated lessons and feedback from psychologists, sports coaches, business leaders and a whole range of people from the arts. We had a successful prototype, and a beta version that was widely distributed - and is now being tested in different situations, closely simulating the experience of a Kickstarter backer. We also get input (and encouragement) from our academic advisor Laura Weiss at UCL who is supporting us to build a robust psychometric.

More about Let’s Go

We are collaboration specialists. Our focus is on offering practical support to organisations who know they need to get more out of working in collaboration. The work we do:

  • Inspiration and events
  • Practical tools that work at scale (like these cards)
  • Training and leadership development
  • Consulting projects

Find out more about us at www.letsgo.so

Risks and challenges

RISK 1: effectiveness
> The power of the cards will depend on the willingness of groups to have honest conversations - and the ability of the facilitator to hold the conversations. Groups can be difficult and this card deck isn't a magic wand for deeply ingrained dysfunction. That said, where there is a will there is a way and everything starts with a conversation.
> We have already run successful prototype testing and have good beta feedback - ongoing feedback will be coming in through the campaign and we expect to iterate/improve further for final KS print run
> We will be adapting our face to face training to work online (built in consultation with an advisor from a world-leading training firm)
> The thinking is consistent with social science - we are lucky to have Laura Weiss from UCL as an academic advisor.

RISK 2: production
> This is a technically easy print job
> We have a UK based supplier who specialises in cards and has already delivered two print runs - the most recent of 450 packs - we have had great quality and speed and a good working relationship
> We are in conversation about production runs scaling up and have identified a backup supplier who works with cards at scale if the order becomes too big for our current supplier - with a 60 day campaign we should be able to keep an eye on the direction of travel and respond accordingly

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    ONLINE TRAINING ONLY

    If you only want a toe in the collaboration water, you can get access to our online module. It will introduce you to our collaboration model and how to get the most from collaboration. It will reference using the cards but remember: YOU DON'T GET THE CARDS WITH THIS OPTION

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    EARLY BIRD ||| CARDS + ONLINE TRAINING

    Early backers get the hottest prices. Get a pack of Collaboration Cards for just £20, plus access to a live-stream with the Let's Go team, introducing you to our collaboration model and how to get the best most from using the cards with your team

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    CHARITY/ARTS PACK

    We don't want anyone priced out. If you're a registered charity or an artist/arts organisation then you can get the cards for £20. Simply message us (include your email address) and we'll send you a short survey to verify your status

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    CARDS + ONLINE TRAINING

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    EARLY BIRD ||| TWIN PACK (CARDS x 2)

    Early backers get the hottest prices and this is two birds with one stone. Get a pack of Collaboration Cards for you and one for a friend. Or keep both to yourself. Plus you both get access to online training.

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    CAN'T WAIT WON'T WAIT

    If you can't wait until the end of our campaign to get your hands on a pack of these delicious cards, then this is the reward for you. You get a beta version of the Collaboration Cards (that has been enjoyed by 200 attendees at DDDx, 70 senior leaders for a major multinational, and our beta testers) plus we will unlock access to online training in advance of public release. You'll have to let us know your address.

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    TEAM SPECIAL

    3 x decks of Collaboration Cards for you and your team - plus access to our online training.

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    CARDS WITH A COACH

    Want more tailored support on how to use these cards in your context? A deck of cards and one-on-one coaching session about how to get best from collaboration - face to face in London or via Skype

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    BUMPER PACK WITH A COACH

    Collaboration for a team or function! Get the cards, do the training and then join Let's Go for a Q&A session on how using them is going!

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    TRAIN THE TEAM

    90 minute training session at your London office with the Let's Go team for up to 12 people. This will build your skills to get things done in collaboration. We'll get you familiar with the Let's Go model and how to get the most from collaboration using these cards as a tool. Comes with 12 decks of Cards.

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    COLLABORATION KEY NOTE

    Interactive speech on making collaboration work from Let's Go Founder Richard Watkins within an hour of London, UK. Comes with 10 decks of cards and the opportunity to buy for all attendees at £15 per pack. Perfect for a company away days or Glastonbury.

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    CORPORATE EDITION (x100)

    Bespoke edition of the cards for your organisation with your logo on the box. Two coaching sessions (Skype or in London) to discuss how they are being used and how you can foster their use through the organisation.

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