This report simplifies the complexity of collaboration by exploring five essential elements: Purpose, People, Place, Process, and Practice.
PURPOSE: MSC enables stakeholders to think, feel, and act together in innovative ways that allows new possibilities for the future to unfold.
PEOPLE: The MSC enterprise weaves together the stakeholders’ different perspectives and capacities to generate new possibilities in support of superordinate goals.
PLACE: Venues must generate a sense of belonging and promote a relaxed environment. Facilitators can acknowledge the diversity of voices in a MSC forum and articulate that everyone belongs there.
PROCESS: Facilitators should work closely with stakeholders to discuss the root causes driving challenges; shared stakeholder interests; and what is needed to move the issue forward.
PRACTICE: MSC skills aren’t just conceptual understandings, but performance skills learned though practice. Stakeholders learn how to embody collaborative behavior so that it becomes second nature.
A hallmark of the contemporary international system is the complexity of problems facing actors today. Yet creative facilitators can build bridges between a wide array of actors to address these most difficult challenges. Multi-stakeholder collaboration (MSC) is a complex process often necessarily involving parties with highly divergent interests and individuals with little to no collaborative experience.
Fred Krawchuk is a visiting professor with IESE Business School in Spain, an adjunct policy analyst with RAND Corporation, and a business consultant with Aperio International. A visionary leader, Fred Krawchuk is highly skilled in bringing multiple stakeholders from varying backgrounds together to solve complex issues and challenges in order to build high performance teams. Leveraging his impressive military career and skills gained throughout his life, Fred has built a reputation as someone who expertly creates the ideal environment to facilitate meaningful dialogue and dynamic results.
Working with academic institutions, NGOs, corporations, and individuals around the world, Fred is passionate about uncovering the potential in complex scenarios and revealing opportunity where others see only chaos. For this reason, Fred is known as a catalyst for change, a thought leader, and an influencer in multi-stakeholder collaboration.
Fred is a graduate of West Point, and has an MBA from IESE Business School, and an MPA from Harvard University. He is a highly decorated retired U.S. Army Colonel and was awarded the George C. Marshall Fellowship at the U.S. Department of State. He is an Olmsted scholar, MacArthur Leadership Award winner, and recipient of research grants. Fred is also a published author and fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
As a recognized social innovator, he has been invited to speak at many forums, including the Carr Center for Human Rights; the University of California, San Diego; the Marshall Center; the Atlantic Council; IESE Business School; and Spiral Dynamics Integral. Fred has trained in a variety of personal and professional development practices for many years, to include training at Strozzi Institute, Integral Institute, the Esalen Institute, Spiral Dynamics Integral, and Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Fifteen years of mindfulness and somatic awareness training has helped broaden his capacity to be more effective and compassionate in demanding environments. It has also allowed him to train others to be open, resilient, and adaptive in complex situations including war zones.