This exercise can be found on page 46 in “Toolbox 2.0 for Strategic Leadership of Innovative Networks”. You can download a PDF version of the toolbox here.
Exercise 2: How do we develop socio-political legitimacy (See table 10)?
1. How can we develop a moral engagement for the network among the stakeholders?
2. How can we develop good government relations?
Table 10. Help to answer questions 1 and 2.
|Develop moral commitment||Develop good relationships with political authorities|
|The individual organization (business)||Build on existing local networks||Be constructive in collaboration with public authorities|
|Leadership and management of the network, internal processes||Get noticed and be perceived as a serious and reliable through joint actions||Act as a unit in meetings with public authorities (influencing laws and regulations)|
|Relationships to other networks and key actors||Build a good reputation for the novelty through negotiations and agreements with industries or networks||Try to gain support from public offices against competing networks|
|Relationships with national/international institutions||Joint (inter)national marketing and lobbying||Invite key people from the public and private sector to participate in the network|
Table 10 are supposed to be a creative tool for participants in networks to allow them to discover how to build legitimacy. We have filled the table with some examples, but each network needs to figure out what their strategies need to be. The most important thing is to decide on strategies one thinks will work, not to fill every space in the table, or worry if a suggestion is placed correctly or incorrectly in the table.