Imagine, Possible, Test, Prove I was trying to understand a paper by a friend who does evolutionary algorithms. I approached it several times and finally it was clear enough in me to spark a new awareness about the world. It was one of those moments where I saw so much more clearly how the very things in front of me relate to each other. Was this already obvious to all of you? Prove it. So a map of information in my head shifted. How Medium Is Building a New Kind of Company with No Managers Editor's Note: Medium has since changed the way it runs the organization as it's scaled. You can read about how they're approaching management now here. After Ev Williams first started working on Twitter, he reached out to Jason Stirman in Texas.
The Connected Company › The future is podular One of the most difficult challenges companies face today is how to be more flexible and adaptive in a dynamic, volatile business environment. How do you build a company that can identify and capitalize on opportunities, navigate around risks and other challenges, and respond quickly to changes in the environment? How do you embed that kind of agility into the DNA of your company? MetaMorphology-Complexity-Reciprocity #metamorphology Evolution tends away from entropy.Systems tend toward complication to maximize the use of energy. Evolution is upward. Evolution is meta. Create a mental image of the figure below. Holacracy - Flattening the Organization Structure and Busting Bureaucracy Zappos has been using Holacracy for quite some time now, but our experiences with it have been largely shrouded in mystery to the outside world. What better way to know about what is happening in Zappos with regards to Holacracy and Self-Organization than for us to share that with you ourselves? We will be providing you with insight into our own successes and struggles and tips we share with employees in the hopes that this information will help others more effectively transition to a self-managed, self-organized company structure.
Why the World Need Culture Hackers Now I’ve been brushing up on the work of Eric S. Raymond, an open source software advocate and author of ‘The Cathedral and the Bazaar,’ in preparation for meeting and interviewing him at next week’s Culture Conference in Philly and Boston. Raymond has written extensively about the attitudes and ethos of hackers, the mechanisms of open-source development, and the relationship between motivation and reputation in a gift economy. As I read his stuff, I see a strong parallel between how hacker culture can apply to culture hacking, and functionally accelerate personal and social evolution at scale. Beyond the Holacracy Hype It was a Thursday afternoon in Las Vegas. Five employees were camped out in a team room at Zappos, the largest company so far to implement holacracy—a form of self-management that confers decision power on fluid teams, or “circles,” and roles rather than individuals. On this particular day, in May 2015, the circle charged with overseeing holacracy’s adoption was questioning the method’s effectiveness. A couple of months earlier, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh had offered severance packages to all employees for whom self-management was not a good fit—or who wished to leave for any other reason. Although most decided to stay, 18% took the package, with 6% citing holacracy.
Agile Learning Center Campaign Design About Metamaps.cc Metamaps.cc is a free and open source web platform for changemakers, innovators, educators and students. It enables individuals and communities to build and visualize their shared knowledge and unlock their collective intelligence. The Framework of an Agile Learning Center The structure of an Agile Learning Center is designed to nourish a productive, vibrant, and healthy culture – allowing participants to engage authentically in a learning process that cultivates confidence, dynamic skill sets, mental agility, self-awareness, and group skills. Morning Intentions The day kicks off with a Morning Intentions meeting, which operates much like a scrum stand-up meeting would in an Agile Management environment. Each person takes a turn announcing their intentions -- making declarations for how they will spend the day, and making requests for any support they may need. This simple process only takes about ten to fifteen minutes, but serves an extremely important purpose of starting each day with intention and accountability.
Tea House Sequence Tweets “RT @johnverdon: Can a computer simulate all the processes of logic? Yes -But can logic simulated all sequences of cause & effect? e.g. pluripotence? No.” News from Emerging Leader Labs > Gratitude & Outrageous Results < During the Seed Project we co-created a model for operating a social change incubator. We fuel visionary projects by activating latent social capital to leapfrog typical barriers to start-up (such as funding and legal formalization). In other words, the Labs operate without money in a gift economy. Participation and support from our community provided: work space, host homes, food from local farms and gardens, and time and skills from volunteers, coaches and supporters.