A Methodology for Enabling Collaboration Inspired by Enrique Pichon-Rivière

  • Martín Echavarría
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Leadership and Followership book series (PASTLEFO)


This chapter provides an overview of an applied methodology based on the work of Enrique Pichon-Rivière that enables the emergence of group collaboration through the use of specific tools to guide group facilitation. The key distinguishing factor of this approach is its emphasis on a horizontal perspective, that is, the cocreation of solutions in relationship with and through others. The focus of attention is on how the group accommodates to itself, creates meaning from interactions, and is able to respond effectively to challenges and change. In this relational method, collaboration emerges as a result of a group’s affiliation and membership on a task, the communication that occurs based on relational elements in the group, and its capability to cooperate and collaborate based on how members adapt collectively and learn together. This adaptation occurs through the systemic psychosocial roles that participants take on as they work in groups, accommodating to each other’s inter- and intrasubjective relating based on implicit challenges they must make explicit and reconcile.


Collaboration Leadership Facilitation Methodology Partnerships 



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  • Martín Echavarría
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  1. 1.Coherence Inc. – Partnership Development ConsultingCoral GablesUSA

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