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Beijing Collaboration Conference on Cross Organizational Systems

On March 25-26, 2013, the “Beijing Collaboration Conference-Challenges in Cross Organizational Systems” organized by CANGO and Pepperdine University was held in Beijing. There were in total 60 participants from international and domestic NGOs, and businesses. Also, teachers and students of Pepperdine University participated in this conference. This conference was the first to focus on Cross Organizational Collaboration theory and practice. Participants not only learned new definitions and methods of Cross Organizational Collaboration, but also had the opportunity to share experiences and their reflections with others. This two day conference provided a forum and a space for each participant as an active actor on Cross Organizational Collaboration to share and to hear the best stories and experiences from other participants on the same journey.
Mr. Huang Haoming, Executive Director of CANGO, mentioned during his opening speech: the most important element of Cross Organizational Collaboration is social coordination, every field involved in Cross Organizational Collaboration, which is system engineering. He expressed his hope that the conference provided an open space for everyone to share experience and reflections.
The process of the conference was designed by Pepperdine University graduate students’ team, including keynote speeches, case sharing and group discussion. The interactive process let every participant have strong feeling of participation, everyone was both learner and contributor. Prof. Chris Worley from Pepperdine University introduced definition and basic theory of Cross Organizational Collaboration, Prof. Julie Chesley introduced leadership in Cross Organizational Collaboration. Representatives from UNDP China, Huaben Group, and nine Chinese NGOs from Beijing, Tianjin and Jiangxi province shared their Cross Organizational Collaboration cases. Dr. Patrick Schroeder, Senior International Advisor of CANGO introduced a German case of the “Forum Waschen”.
During the two days each participant actively participated in the discussion, not only to contribute their own ideas but also to listen to others’ opinions. After the conference, many participants provided active feedback to the organizers saying they were satisfied with the conference process design and content arrangement and benefited a lot from the conference. They expressed their hope that CANGO can continue to organize similar activities in the future.