New partnerships approach - taking the Learning Community/ region to the next level: Involving the business world
A learning community can be driven by the establishment of new strategic partnerships between key stakeholders in the community, often involving the local or regional authorities as an active partner. Such new partnerships will often include both private and public stakeholders.
The new partnership driver is first of all relevant to communities already in the process towards a learning community, and to communities highly dominated by for example public educations.
The biggest challenge is normally not including the cultural sector or the sport sector in learning partnerships; the major challenge is more likely to be the inclusion of the private sector, including enterprises and the financial sector. Public-private partnerships at community level are still very rare, not because of resistance in the private sector, but because a common language and understanding was never created at community level.
Many threats should be taken into account when establishing cross-sector partnerships:
If the cross-sector driver approach is successful, the new partnerships are very promising:
|The Swansea Story. A story of strong women|
|Xploit Community Paper Swansea|
|Xploit - The Swansea Learning Experience|
Xploit project Results in short:
|Community Guide Story|