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Constellation Collaboration: A model for multi-organizational partnership

Published Date: 21 February 2008

This paper explores the Constellation model for collaboration - what it is, how it works and what purpose it serves.


The Constellation model is a complexity-inspired governance framework for multi-organisational collaboration. It is a way of organising a group of interested parties to meet a need without having to create a new organisation to 'hold' the issue. It is a tool to help us recognise and become conscious designers in a complex ecosystem of organisational collaboration. This constellation model emerged out of a need to support a tight partnership of 11 organisations – the Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and Environment. It has been emerging and serving since 2001 and is in constant flux as we iteratively adapt the structure to serve our vision and to expand our reach and more effectively engage our ecosystem.