David Slone

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Let's not build another silo

I'm loving my journey into the new world of social enterprise. It's fresh and exciting, people are both innovative and real, it's awesome.

I just have a little itch in the back of my mind. A little feeling that there still looms a danger that Social Enterprise will become "a thing", something different and separate to business and to traditional charity.

It is different but it's not separate. By its very definition, a social enterprise conducts some sort of business activity. It also shares a social purpose, just like our traditional charities.

We don't need any more silos. We need conversations and collaboration across all of our organisations. We can all teach, we can al learn and probably more importantly, we can all support.

Our badge of honour should be the values we bring, not the type of organisation we represent. We need to be inclusive and embrace the different skills, functions, systems and benefits of all organisations.

Social entrepreneurs place collaboration at the very core of what they do. If you truly believe in the benefits of collaboration, don't fall into the trap of living in a silo. Not only will you miss out on so much knowledge and experience but you will also be denying non-social entrepreneurs access to your passion and drive for a different world.

Let's not repeat past mistakes – we should be more open minded than that.

Let's not build another silo
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Harvey Lloyd

3 years ago #4

We really don't need silos. The difficulty is when entry level employees meet the real world. expectations get challenged and today, the young are the basis of social media. They view what they don't understand as silos. We have our work cut out for us leaders. Welcome to beBee great post

"Our badge of honour should be the values we bring, not the type of organisation we represent. We need to be inclusive and embrace the different skills, functions, systems and benefits of all organisations." Excellent piece David Slone and welcome to beBee.

CityVP Manjit

3 years ago #2

Professional identity creates silo's. Until an organization is subjected to developing a backbone which in nearly all cases is based on hierarchy, one can enjoy a silo free environment at a foundational stage. There are some organizations which have found a few work arounds to the silo mentality that hierarchy absorbs, but that mentality is often targeted at finding alternative systems to hierarchy. It hardly ever pokes the rise of professions and professionals. Silo's are a symptom of a far different root cause. Professionalism is the principle root cause I focus on. In today's climate the chief alternative to the emergence of silo's is to remain small and forgo growth. Once growth is an objective, then as an organization takes on a life of its own, from my experiences it is the professional hierarchy that subverts the managerial one.

Javier 🐝 CR

3 years ago #1

David Slone thank you. I LOVE THIS We need conversations and collaboration across all of our organisations. We can all teach, we can al learn and probably more importantly, we can all support.

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