Complex Collaboration in Context
The importance of Context in a complex collaboration exists at both the individual member level and the overall regional level.
The Regional Hub collaborations will need to have ways to engage productively with changes in the collaborating organizations. People in leadership positions may change, organizational priorities and contexts change. Student Leaders change every year and so their interest in being involved in student mental health may change from year to year. Each organization will benefit by having ways to manage these inevitable transitions in ways that support the productivity and effectiveness of the Regional Hub.
Members of the collaborating committee will benefit by being open about contextual issues that may influence their organization and constituency. The Go/NoGo points at each Stage provide a mechanism for modifying an organization’s level of engagement in the Regional Hub.
On the overall regional level, The Regional Hubs’ collaborations will of course need to adapt in responses to the wider context – provincial economy, political decisions and policy changes, changes in different campuses’ local conditions etc. The context of our dynamic world is increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous, so the collaboration can count on needing to be agile in adapting.
One predictable future opportunity or challenge for all Regional Hubs will be at the end of the current stage of funding for the Provincial Strategy for post-secondary student mental health. This will allow the Regional Hubs to come together and assess what they have achieved and learned, and give recommendations on ways to maximize scarce resources in each organization in order to coordinate mental health supports across wider spans than a single campus.