Collaborators can provide talent, clients, perspectives, data, personnel, expertise and resources that you lack. Collaborators can open new channels of advocacy by providing connections with legislators, journalists, academics, and others.
Collaboration helps you better identify gaps in your own knowledge and bring in additional expertise you need. You can’t become an expert in every field, but you can work with others who are!
Collaborating with others outside your area of expertise helps you better understand the cause your case is a part of. By casting a wide net, you can learn more about your allies’ goals and at the same time improve your chances of achieving your own.
You Can Do More Together
Collaborators are a source of ideas – and ideas for a lawsuit can come from anyone. The process of refining those proposals builds valuable relationships, even if you ultimately decide not to litigate.
Collaborators can work on many different areas in parallel during litigation, enabling your organization to focus on a case without losing steam in other arenas.
Collaborators can reuse each other’s resources – such as research, data, advocacy strategies and legal arguments – in new and effective ways, meaning everyone involved gets more return on each hour or dollar spent.
Collaboration builds trust and community, and provides opportunities for people to come together and share ideas in a non-judgmental fashion. This helps all involved to find causes, campaigns, and cases to support. Start building bridges today!
You’re more resilient together
Strategic litigation will only be one element – and not always the main element – of the overall campaign strategy. Collaboration ties all elements of a campaign together, making it more effective as a whole.
Strategic litigation can provide a concrete foundation around which you can organize a larger campaign. Alternatively, other forms of advocacy can provide a framework for litigation by framing the debate in helpful terms.
Collaboration can continue throughout the ups and downs of litigation. When litigation concludes, you’ll already have a network of collaborators to continue carrying the torch of your cause.