The final and best approach is collaboration. This approach involves all members of the team and challenges them to contribute their ideas and thoughts in order to discover the best solution. White and Greta describe this approach as “the parties accept there is a conflict, take time to discuss the root causes, discuss different solutions, and identify the drivers and inhibitors to a resolution” (White and Thornbory, 2007, 13). Collaboration digs deeper into possible solutions, and at the same time taps into the wealth of resources and experiences of each team member. Collaboration takes more effort than the other four approaches. Each person must employ good listening and communication skills. This process will assist in dynamic conversations and exchanges of ideas. Collaboration takes much more effort and time, but the results can be well worth the investment.
BIS researchers collaborate extensively with researchers in academia, central banks and other policy institutions. The BIS operates a range of visiting programmes for researchers, including the Lamfalussy Senior Research Fellowship for long-term visits by resident scholars, the BIS Research Fellowships for short-term collaborative visits by academics and the Central Bank Research Fellowship programme for visits by researchers from member central banks . In addition, the BIS organises conferences to galvanise research in emerging areas of policy interest, and serves as the hub for the BIS Research Network which brings together researchers in central banks and in academia for regular meetings on monetary and financial stability issues.
Donovan, who is quick to point out that design can support cultural change but never replace it, is nonetheless pleased with the final result. The materials and finishes are appropriate to the environment, but instead of looking and feeling “institutional,” the environment is comfortable and aesthetically pleasing. Details like this contribute to the emotional well-being of residents, Donovan says. “It helps alleviate fear and anxiety that seniors sometimes have living in a place that’s unfamiliar; soothing colors and comfortable well-designed environments help residents feel more at home.”