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When Bees meet Trees

When Bees meet Trees

By Ruth Marvel , October 2013

How large social sector organisations can help to scale social innovation

Owen Jarvis and Ruth Marvel's report looks at how large social sector organisations can help to scale innovation.  It asks why, when we know that social innovation and collaboration is the key to tackling social problems, do ‘bees and trees’ in the social sector rarely join forces to scale good ideas that work.  The report provides examples and proposes ideas for how it could happen more.

  • ‘Bees’ - small organisations or individuals who have the new ideas, are mobile, quick and able to cross-pollinate
  • ‘Trees’ - big organisations which are poor at creativity but generally good at implementation, and which have the resilience, roots and scale to make things happen. (Mulgan et al, 2006)

This report is the first to be co-authored by two Clore Social Fellows, and it makes some challenging and exciting recommendations for the social sector.

Read more about  the report in:

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