Bridging Divides > Leveraging the Power of Collaborations to Overcome Challenges

Some of the biggest challenges facing us today can be solved through effective collaborations. 

— Impacts from economic uncertainties, changing demographics, and shifting market conditions
— Rapid changes in the public's expectations, choices, and demands
— Challenges from new technologies and communication methods
— Increasing constraints of time, manpower, and resources
— International, regional, and local threats and scarcities resulting from global warming and climate changes

Knowing how to react and work effectively with others can determine success for you and your organization. That is an increasingly-important skill for success in our increasingly connected multi-cultural world. Lasting solutions need the power of collaborations.

Knowing how to create and sustain effective collaborations requires expertise and experience in bridging divides between people, organizations, communities, and cultures. Collaborations that combine Technologies + Ideas + People (TIP) are among the most powerful, and can provide long-lasting solutions to even the greatest challenges (as shown below). They are my specialty. 

Example:  High-Altitude/Low Tech Collaboration of Technologies + Ideas + People (TIP) Overcomes Seemingly Insurmountable Challenge

One of the most important things for climbers to use to ascend Mount Everest (Chomolungma) and its sister peak Lhotse in Nepal is neither high-tech nor expensive.

It's a bunch of aluminum ladders. That's it.

Well, it's actually a bunch of aluminum ladders... (Technology)


the ideas that a bunch of aluminum ladders can be lashed together to help climbers survive the many times they have to cross the crevasses and seracs (huge blocks of ice and snow) in the deadly, constantly shifting and collapsing Khumbu Icefall to acclimatize and then go for the summit... (Ideas)


the ability of an incredible group of Sherpas to carry a bunch of aluminum ladders into the Icefall, lash them together, and expertly place then constantly adjust them daily throughout the Icefall so that climbers can pass through that dangerous part of the route to the summit more quickly and safely--each climbing season, each year. This extraordinarily successful collaboration prevents the need for each expedition to bring their own ladders or try to establish their own systems for getting through the Icefall, which used to create great waste of materials and time and caused endless feuding. This current system is funded by contributions assessed from all the expeditions and climbers that use the ladder system set up by these fearless and dedicated Sherpas, respectfully known as The Icefall Doctors. (People)

[see The Icefall Doctors at work in the Khumbu Icefall]