These are challenging times, surrounded by considerable uncertainti es. Issues are complex, interests are high and often conflicting, no convenient paradigms or ideologies exist anymore to guide the actions of people. Solutions to societal problems have to be developed and implemented in collaborati on with other actors. There is need for a partnering society. Effectively operating in the “partnering space” presents four challenges for integrati ve skill development: relevance, reliability, timeliness and sharing.