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About Individual Membership

Our vision for the Institute is for Collaborative Working to be recognised as a fundamental business discipline necessitating a structured methodology to underpin successful business relationships.

We have identified from our experience that many individuals exhibit the right approach - but hitherto there has been no method of formally recognising these individual qualities. We have therefore established an Institute Individual Membership Scheme which will be nationally recognised and which will identify and support throughout their careers (wherever they are employed) individuals who have demonstrated appropriate qualities.

Aims of Individual Membership

The overall aim of the IMS is to promote the key principles of the Institute which is to encourage, support and facilitate collaborative working. To achieve this IMS will:

  • Build on ICW's reputation as a collaborative thought leader
  • Promote and support the recognition of collaborative working as a fundamental business skill
  • Create a recognised skills and capability development process
  • Develop a platform for knowledge sharing and education
  • Create an individual capability accreditation that is transferable
  • Create a centre of excellence for collaborative skills
  • Harness in-company / third party educational programmes in partnership under a single scheme.

Given the projected needs for collaborative skills in the future - and the current variable approach within organisations - the prospect of a single focus for such skills means that this scheme will provide a valuable touch- point providing individuals with a recognisable addition to their personal capability portfolios whilst at the same time as the Institute progresses its broader aims.

The Membership scheme is based on the premise that ICW is the only current and credible formal body able to recognize the value of collaborative skills and is thus able independently to validate and endorse appropriate professional capabilities. It is our aim that the Membership, supported by ICW, develops relationship programmes with academia and there will be an option to link to Continual Professional Development Certification (CPD).

There are some companies and third party providers that already offer collaborative skills training and, as an inclusive organisation, the Institute will recognise and incorporate those which it feels meet the criteria and overall objectives of the Institute, while also providing its own development programmes and contributing to both industry and academic courses.

Principles and Values of Membership

The Principles of membership of the Institute will be a factor in the evaluation of applications and the consideration for elevation through membership. These principles are based on those ideals and values which first established the Institute and are fundamental to maintaining its integrity and standing. It is expected that members will:

  1. promote the benefits of collaborative working as a fundamental business skill within their business networks
  2. promote the benefits of membership of the Institute either for individuals or their organisations.
  3. support Institute initiatives aimed at expanding the recognition of collaborative working
  4. participate and share in the development of concepts for collaborative working to help maintain the position of the Institute as the recognised Thought Leader for collaborative working.
  5. demonstrate ethical behaviours acting trustworthily and in an unbiased manner in relation to any organisation with which they are formally or informally engaged.
  6. not act in any way prejudicial to the reputation or interest or credibility of the Institute.

The Institute will use its best endeavours to:

  1. provide recognition of members' achievements and experience in collaborative working
  2. support individual members in their personal and career development through sharing thought leadership, mentoring and training programmes.
  3. facilitate peer to peer networking to further and enhance individuals' knowledge.

Membership Levels, Benefits & Fees

The IMS is based on recognising various levels of membership reflecting current skills and experience.

Online Membership

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Member (MICW)

Fellow (FICW)

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  • Quarterly copy of 'Collaborative Insight' newsletter
  • Sample Collaborative Working Case Studies
  • Sample Thought Leadership papers
  • Previous years 'The Partner' annual publication (pdf)
  • Quarterly copy of 'Collaborative Insight' newsletter
  • All Case Studies (19)
  • Sample Thought Leadership papers
  • Previous & Current years 'The Partner' annual publication (pdf)
  • All Intern Reports (12)
  • Quarterly copy of 'Collaborative Insight' newsletter
  • All Case Studies (19)
  • 50% off Thought Leadership papers
  • Previous & Current years 'The Partner' annual publication (pdf)
  • All Intern Reports (12)
  • Discussion Forum
  • 50% off Collaborative Working Guides
  • Approved to use MICW letters
  • Discounted Events 
  • Quarterly copy of 'Collaborative Insight' newsletter
  • All Case Studies (19)
  • All Thought Leadership papers
  • Previous & Current years 'The Partner' annual publication (pdf)
  • All Intern Reports (12)
  • Discussion Forum
  • All Collaborative Working Guides (24)
  • Approved to use FICW letters
  • Events
  • 'Collaborative Insight' archive (33)
  • All Executive Network meeting presentations
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