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Nesta is an innovation foundation. For us, innovation means turning bold ideas into reality and changing lives for the better. We use our expertise, skills and funding in areas where there are big challenges facing society.

Collaboration and collective impact

How to achieve large-scale, cross-sector collaboration and collective impact to deal with social problems.

I regularly come across reports and articles, and outputs from consultancies, claiming to have invented a new way of doing this. Yet there is not much cumulative learning in this field.

In this piece, I attempt a personal view on what collaboration and collective impact are, what has been learned, and how practice could improve, hopefully to prompt more argument and less unnecessary reinvention.

Download the paper: Collaboration and collective impact


Geoff Mulgan

Geoff Mulgan

Geoff Mulgan

Chief Executive Officer

Geoff Mulgan was Chief Executive of Nesta from 2011-2019.

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