Examining More Than Wheels' and Ways to Work's merger talks for lessons in spreading social innovation

This funding supports a case study that outlines the results and potential outcomes of a recent merger talk between two organizations, More Than Wheels and Ways to Work, to explore new possibilities for spreading innovation. These two organizations have similar approaches: they both provide low-interest loans to help low- and middle-income individuals purchase reliable cars, which ultimately results in an improved quality of life. Although these organizations decided not to merge, the activities and conversations leading up to the decision created insights into spreading innovation. This study will: (1) offer lessons related to the collaborative side of spreading innovation and answer how organizations with similar approaches work together to build broader field contributions; (2) contribute to existing research on replication and the spread of social innovation through the analysis of a tangible example; (3) provide practical guidance for practitioners on the individual and collaborative practices involved in spreading social innovation; and (4) indicate a role for philanthropy in capitalizing the spread of social innovation. Root Cause will distribute the publication through its communications channels and will work with Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Communications for other opportunities for distribution.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $27,018.00

Awarded on: 1/13/2012

Time frame: 2/1/2012 - 5/31/2012

Grant Number: 69814


Root Cause Institute, Inc.

11 Avenue de Lafayette
Boston, 02111-1736


Kelley Kreitz
Project Director