What we've been doing For the past two months, we’ve been travelling up and down the country to visit British Red Cross and Co-op’s Community Connector services, learning about what they’re doing to tackle loneliness (as well as the range of the UK’s earliest train journeys). As part of their partnership to tackle loneliness and social isolation, the British Red Cross and Co-op established dozens of these schemes across the UK.
Kaleidoscope has just reached its second birthday. Throw confetti, chow down on some cake or create a cotton masterpiece – any and all forms of celebration welcome.
Now that we’re the wise old age of two, we’ve started to ask ourselves the serious questions. Can we still call ourselves a start-up? When do we become just an ‘up’? As a former (or possibly still present) start-up, have we really drunk enough hipster coffee or tried our hardest to work a man bun?
"We need to find a common language." This is often said when two or more organisations or disciplines are working together. At first sight it appears everyone is working to a common goal: improving outcomes, reduced costs, better experience. Not much to argue with there.
Then the misunderstandings and tensions begin to build up. To try to resolve them, you go back to first principles: "It’s all about the patient!"
But by this stage, even the most basic assumptions about the partnership start to seem questionable. What, exactly, is all about the patient? What about the patient is it all about? What is a patient anyway?
Here at Kaleidoscope, we think a lot about trust. And while we don’t sit around campfires carrying out trust falls (not yet, anyway), it does shape how we work both internally and externally and impacts how we foster collaboration.
Over the coming weeks, I’ll be blogging about this somewhat broad and seemingly insurmountable topic, ranging from the definition of trust and the importance of it to how it is built. I'll also be talking about why it isn’t reaching its full potential.