An Open Architecture for Self-Organization — Open Participatory Organization. How the OPO works If we zoom out and look at the OPO architecture as a dynamic structure, we can get a better idea of how it represents a dynamic integration of the network and core zones. The core zones are where the value of the company is generated. Core zones are responsible for what we conventionally call “the value proposition” of a company. In creating a conventional company, we must design a business plan around our value proposition.
In this analogy, the network zones represent the business model. When combined with software data programs that track resource flows in both directions, the OPO architecture offers a powerful way to visualize organizational life as part of a larger participatory ecology. The OPO delineates the network zones into four major classifications: Access, Adaptation, Support, Incubation. Network Zones in Detail Access: Tech-know-logy and Collaboratory Adaptation: Peer Review and Applications Support: Financial and Community. The Open Seventeen. In September 2015, world leaders committed to achieve 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development (also known as Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs) during the next 15 years.
The Global Goals address a range of challenges to a sustainable future on this planet, including poverty, gender inequality, disease, climate change, and social injustice. How can you help ensure that the goals will be achieved? One way is to use open data to verify progress towards the goals at a local, regional, or global level. Such tracking can be done with the help of "crowdsourcing", which accelerates the analysis of large amounts of data, such as images or documents, thanks to collective efforts on the internet. We are asking you to pitch a project that tackles Global Goals using open data. All you need to do is find a data set, define your crowdsourcing goal and pitch your idea. What can you do with open data to help verify Global Goals? Here’s a summary of the Sustainable Development Goals: Center For Global Development. Reports.
Zero Waste Reports, are reports commissioned or produced by Zero Waste Europe. Containing detailed and original research in waste management and European policy. Redesigning Producer Responsibility – Executive Summary A new study commissioned by Zero Waste Europe finding majority of product waste is not covered by current Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) schemes and calling for redesign in order to move towards a circular economy.
Available in: English The Potential Contribution of Waste Management to a Low Carbon Economy A report into the potential that waste management poses for the transition to a low carbon economy. Available in: English, French. Poverty and Inequality are created - /The Rules. Global Competitiveness Report 2014-2015. Click4it. 8 Alternatives to Starting a Nonprofit. Frog collective action toolkit. Ebbf Current Opportunities - Google Docs. Oxfam strategic plan 2013 2019 0. FAQ | Non-profit charity and social enterprise fundraising. Meet the Agribusiness Entrepreneurs (Agri-preneurs)! | infoDev. Crowdfunding infographic high res. The Awesome Foundation. JCI and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by JCI. Backpack Connects You With Travelers So You Can Purchase Items In Other Countries.
Imagine if a certain type of medication you needed wasn’t available in your country and was expensive to ship or acquire. Many people rely on friends or relatives traveling to these countries to bring back items that cannot be purchased in their country, whether it’s jamon or an iPhone. Backpack connects users with travelers who can bring desired products back at discounted prices. Backpack, a Y Combinator-backed startup, is a peer-to-peer marketplace that connects shoppers and travelers to empower consumers to buy overseas products at a discount. Shoppers get access to foreign products by paying travelers coming to their country a fee to purchase and deliver the items. Backpack aggregates items that you can search on the website through Amazon and Ebay, or you can manually enter a link of any product you need with the price.
On the site, there is a Travel option and a Shop option. Backpack allows shoppers to pay through Paypal, check, wire transfer and localized mobile payment methods. Do Cool Sh*t. Hackathon for Social Good | Create Web and Mobile Applications for Awesome Non-Profits. How to hack international conferences, hackathons, and world travel in college. Growing up in a family that runs a small business in southeastern Virginia, I learned to hustle from a young age.
I realized that if I wanted to change something in my life, only I could take the initiative to get there. With this mindset, I set out to accomplish four main goals in college: 1. Become a better software engineer 2. 3. 4. I have been able to reach all of these goals through attending hackathons, tech and entrepreneurship events, and global conferences, and with the right amount of strategizing, my travel and attendance fees were almost always covered. I cannot emphasize enough the influence and value that these events have provided in terms of gaining new technical skills, securing opportunities for internships, collaborations, and mentoring, and making go-getter friends from all over the world. I am writing this article to share resources so that ambitious students with similar goals can exponentially enrich their college experience. Hackathons.
AngelHack Silicon Valley MHacks. Why Startup Weekend Is Not A Hackathon. Unconference. Resource Centre. How Hackathons Could Make World Peace a Reality. SuneilChetlur CV. Decentralization. Decentralization or decentralisation is the process of redistributing or dispersing functions, powers, people or things away from a central location or authority. While centralization, especially in the governmental sphere, is widely studied and practiced, there is no common definition or understanding of decentralization. The meaning of decentralization may vary in part because of the different ways it is applied. Concepts of decentralization have been applied to group dynamics and management science in private businesses and organizations, political science, law and public administration, economics and technology.
History The word "centralization" came into use in France in 1794 as the post-French Revolution French Directory leadership created a new government structure. Decentralization was one of ten Megatrends identified in this best seller. According to a 1999 United Nations Development Programme report: Overview Systems approach Goals Processes Self-determination theory. Self-determination theory (SDT) is a macro theory of human motivation and personality that concerns people's inherent growth tendencies and innate psychological needs. It is concerned with the motivation behind choices people make without external influence and interference. SDT focuses on the degree to which an individual's behavior is self-motivated and self-determined. In the 1970s, research on SDT evolved from studies comparing the intrinsic and extrinsic motives, and from growing understanding of the dominant role intrinsic motivation played in an individual's behavior but it was not until the mid-1980s that SDT was formally introduced and accepted as a sound empirical theory.
Research applying SDT to different areas in social psychology has increased considerably since the 2000s. Basic theory SDT identifies three innate needs that, if satisfied, allow optimal function and growth: CompetenceRelatednessAutonomy Needs Competence Relatedness. 21 Technologies That Will Decentralize the World. Across the planet, new technologies and business models are decentralizing power and placing it in the hands of communities and individuals.
"We are seeing technology-driven networks replacing bureacratically-driven hierarchies," says VC and futurist Fred Wilson, speaking on what to expect in the next ten years. View the entire 25-minute video below (it's worth it!) And then check out the 21 innovations below. Thanks to Jenny Ryan whose Open Garden newsletter inspired this post. Here are 21 innovations that will help make it happen: 1. Decentralized technology will become mainstream in 2014, according to the Open Garden Foundation, a San Francisco-based startup dedicated to net neutrality and internet access for everyone. 2. Commotion Router is free, open source software that allows for communities to build their own mesh networks. 3. Do you really want to trust your data to Twitter?
4. The future of devices is micro and wearable. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. D-CENT. Achieve Product-Market Fit with our Brand-New Value Proposition Designer Canvas. I’m a big fan of the Lean Startup movement and love the underlying principle of testing, learning, and pivoting by experimenting with the most basic product prototypes imaginable - so-called Minimal Viable Products (MVP) – during the search for product-market fit. It helps companies avoid building stuff that customers don’t want. Yet, there is no underlying conceptual tool that accompanies this process. There is no practical tool that helps business people map, think through, discuss, test, and pivot their company’s value proposition in relationship to their customers’ needs.
So I came up with the Value Proposition Designer Canvas together with Yves Pigneur and Alan Smith. The Value Proposition Designer Canvas is like a plug-in tool to the Business Model Canvas. The Canvas with its 9 building blocks focuses on the big picture. In this post I’ll explain the conceptual tool. The Value Proposition Designer Canvas Achieving Fit Customer Jobs Ask yourself: Customer Pains Customer Gains. Introducing the Happy Startup Canvas — The Happy Startup School. Too much of the startup world focuses on the mechanics of starting a business. Whilst it’s good to move fast and stay lean, it’s time we made our businesses more human and in the process gave them a better chance of survival.
If you run a business you’ll often be asked: What’s your exit strategy? I’ve always found this to be a strange question, probably because I didn’t set out in business with the aim of selling it for a handsome dime. I wanted to take control of my life, do things my way and ultimately build a business in my image. “When you take money from investors their business model becomes yours.”Steve Blank Startup founders should be creating companies so that they can live according to their own rules, not someone else’s – especially investors or shareholders. Whilst there will always be entrepreneurs that set out with the aim of a $10bn IPO, there is a growing movement of people that are starting out in business for reasons other than money. “Death” Anyway, back to the canvas 1. Breaking Free of The Hero Myth | Maya Zuckerman.
The world is changed, I feel it in the water, I feel it in the earth. I smell it in the air. Much that once was is lost; for none now live who remember it. Lady Galadriel: Lord of the Rings - Fellowship of the Rings - Film, Adapted from JRR Tolkien's epic trilogy. We've come a long way; we humans and the way we interact with narrative. Evolving from the days of stories round a campfire, epic tales of heroes fighting monsters in far away lands, the gods playing tricks with the mortals, the hubris of humanity and legends of beautiful and scary creatures who filled our oceans, our forests, and our skies.
Those ancient tales served as teaching tools for our elders to explain the wonders and horrors of the world around them, to teach children what it takes to become an adult, and to perpetuate their tribe's legacy. With very little change, we can easily recognize the same hero's journey model in our 21st-century mass media. So why alter a working formula? Image courtesy of adbusters.org. Naked Approach | Gadget‐free hyperconnected environments. Making your organization more fluid. This post is an edited excerpt from “When Millennials Take Over: Preparing for the Ridiculously Optimistic Future of Business,” (Ideapress Publishing, March 2015) by Jamie Notter and Maddie Grant.
The book identifies four principles that will guide successful businesses now and in the future: Digital, Clear, Fluid, and Fast. This excerpt is from the chapter on Fluid. There has been a long-standing love/hate relationship in the business world with hierarchy. It has helped us scale and get things done, and it also reduces complexity for us by providing a set of rules about who gets to decide on things, but it frustrates us by making us less agile and bogging us down in bureaucratic details. And although many call out for “flattening” the hierarchy, what we really need is for our hierarchies to be more fluid and flexible.
Understanding what drives success, andinvesting in soft skills. Take Zappos as another example. We could try to scare you into being fluid. Conflict Authenticity. About Buurtzorg. Buurtzorg Nederland was founded in 2006 by Jos de Blok and a small team of professional nurses who were dissatisfied with the delivery of health care by traditional home care organizations in the Netherlands. Together they decided to create a new model of patientcentered care focused on facilitating and maintaining independence and autonomy for the individual for as long as possible. "I believe in client-centered care, with nursing that is independent and collaborative" said Jos de Blok, Director and CEO, Buurtzorg Nederland, "The community-based nurse should have a central role - after all they know best how they can support specific circumstances for the client.
" Jos, himself a nurse, believes in an empowered nurse-led team approach, as well as an empowered patient. He believes most patients can be encouraged to participate together with their Buurtzorg nurse in finding solutions to their home care needs, and that many of these solutions can be found right in the community. Organic organisation. An organic organization is a fluid and flexible network of multi-talented individuals who perform a variety of tasks, as per the definition of D. A. Morand. Organic Organization Leads to Teamwork An organic organization exists dependently, meaning that the organization takes into consideration the needs of their employees, leading to group leadership and teamwork.
The advantage of group leadership is that controlling the environment is shared by several people, instead of one person telling everyone what is expected. Burns and Stalker theorized that companies facing a changing environment may have to use an organic organizational structure in order to quickly adapt to changes. References Jump up ^ Burns, T. & Stalker, G. Fluid. Question: My growing business is still organized, in classic military fashion, as a top-down pyramid. I keep hearing about new "living" organizations and the benefits they supposedly bring to the bottom line. What's the scoop on today's new organizational designs? Answer: Most businesses still feature a pyramidal, hierarchical structure with (naturally) the bosses at the top and everybody else occupying progressively larger -- but less influential -- "layers" beneath them.
To this day, most workers are still painstakingly arranged like gears in an intricate, impersonal "human" machine. In the not-so-distant old days when success depended on individual skill and less on organizationwide mental agility, workers toiled on separate planes or levels within an organization, stacked much like phonograph records in an old-fashioned jukebox. Very little communication occurred between those planes (no phones, copy machines, faxes or e-mail) and workers "knew their place. " Alan M. Fluid Society.