Collaboration Canvas

-> We have moved The Collaboration Canvas to a dedicated site !

More and more, our new modes of working and operating involve a high level of collaboration. But it appears that collaboration is more difficult than it seems at first glance and, passed the first excitement of a new collaboration, sometimes quiet quickly problems appear between the people involved. The « Collaboration Canvas » is an easy tool to use aimed at initiating collaboration while addressing at the same time some deeper dimensions needed for a good collaboration. What you find here is « work in progress », I suppose and hope it will grow over the coming years. My purpose is to share my discoveries and practices in « open source », feel free to use it and whenever you have some ideas or comments, please share.

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The canvas adresses the following themes :

  • Sense making dimensions
    • Purpose
    • Personal motivations
  • Action based dimensions
    • Social architecture
    • Governance & habits
    • Interactions
    • Trust & Mindset
  • Enabling dimensions
    • Virtual environment
    • Physical environment
    • Feedback loop
    • Skills development


  • Understanding the various dimensions that interact in collaboration
  • A simple tool to use by a team
  • A tangible output at the end of a session



I propose basically 2 « formats » :

  • A workshop of ½ day : it is the simple format that will produce after one session a tangible output that enables a team to start its collaboration or to improve it. The priority is given to the deliverable at the end of the workshop.
  • A training of 2 days : the underlying concepts as well as several supporting tools are developed. This training will enable the participant to implement themselves the Collaboration Canvas and to use it at its full potential.


The canvas in PDF format

The canvas in PPT format

2 réponses sur “Collaboration Canvas”

  1. Thanks a lot for Collaboration Canvas. I’ve learned about it at Summer Academy – by DVV International (Lviv, Ukraine), and I have already presented it in Kirovohrad (Ukraine) at the trainings for active citizens (programm by British Council). Thanks and have a nice summer!!

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