Win-win situation in networking

In our currently globalizing work life, we increasingly need the expertise and support of other experts. Productive networking also needs time. One good example of successful networking is the 20-year old Baltic Sea Network on Occupational Health and Safety. The Network started in 1995 as a small-scale endeavor of the Nordic countries and the three Baltic States under the umbrella of the WHO Regional Office for Europe. Today it covers all ten countries around the Baltic Sea. The creation of trust among the actors - in search of win/win situations – takes time, and cannot be forced by administrative decisions. With time, and with learning to know each other’s strengths, readiness for sharing and developing joint activities becomes a natural end product.