Introducing the hi:project

The hi:project launches today. It's a synthesis of many of the things I care about, from the original decentralizing visions for the Internet and Web, the aspiration that digital technologies can help people relate to each other better and understand each other better, and the idea that we might connect to each other without wondering […]

More questions of influence – size and complexity

Phillip Casey, post-graduate student at Newcastle University, follows up our earlier Q&A with a couple more questions. Is influence harder to manage as an organisation grows in size? As before, beware the idea that influence can be managed per se. I'll assume you're referring to the considered design and monitoring of process, culture and operations […]

The blockchain is coming your way

Bitcoin is the most famous cryptocurrency with the highest capitalization. As you can see from this screenshot from the "block reader" blockr, the capitalization at the time of writing is over eight billion dollars. According to citations of an IMF report on Wikipedia, that places it just above Moldova's GDP. This post isn't about bitcoin […]

Deliberate and emergent, by design

I've been trying to reconcile the apparent tensions between the deliberate and emergent strategy schools of thought. After all, it's a fundamental question at the heart of organizational life today. Defining deliberate and emergent strategy The deliberate strategy process is the one with which most people are most familiar if only because it dominated 20th […]

The Mozilla Manifesto amplified, from Internet to organization

Inspired by the analogy of organization-as-software, and indeed the reality of organization-as-software, what might it look like to take a manifesto about software and digital networks and apply it to human networks and organization? In my recent presentation, The Future of Organization, I took the majority of the Mozilla manifesto and replaced references to the […]

Organization is software

This post is about an exciting vista for organization, one that may sound unhuman on the face of it but which, in contrast, I think could serve human dignity very well. I first presented it in my Future of Organization video May 23rd, a presentation that appears to have been well received (and the accompanying […]