democratizing distribution

One of the greatest issues that will face Canada in the next decade will be wealth distribution. While it is currently not a major problem, the disparity between rich and poor will increase. The main reason will be the emergence of a post-job economy. Almost all of our institutions and many of our laws are based on the notion of the job as the normal mode of working life. Schools prepare us for jobs. Politicians campaign on job creation. Labour laws are based on the employer-employee relationship. Amongst those Canadians who had or have a job are the few who also have a drug plan, a missing component from our universal health care system. The haves are becoming outnumbered by the have-nots. (more…)

building the intelligent enterprise

Managers need to be given non-traditional roles in order to become key units of intelligence in the organization. They will then have the mission to come back to pollinate intelligence throughout the organization.

However, managerial innovation is primarily reflective and collaborative. This is a real challenge in terms of societal evolution!

Making business intelligent is providing our organizations the opportunity to become more humanistic, which would in my view be a real proof of intelligence. – Marine Auger [l’originale en français à la fin]

These are the concluding paragraphs of Marine Auger’s book, Et si vous rendiez votre entreprise intelligente? which I have loosely translated. It is accompanied by an image showing the three components of an intelligent enterprise: organizational; managerial; and cultural. These are supported by the foundation of intelligent communication. (more…)

on understanding media

Every fortnight I collate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds.

@EskoKilpi“The Internet is the first communication environment that decentralises the financial capital requirements of production”

@goonth“The web hasn’t been democratized, contrary to popular belief. But it is definitely heading in that direction, albeit with quite a fight.”

@skinny“There is no authority without responsibility. There is no responsibility without authority.”


organizational transformation through pkm

“Those of us who work in organizational development and change management need to move to the edge, and quickly. You have been warned.” – Helen Bevan

Five Seismic Shifts are changing the world of work:

  1. Disruptive change is becoming the norm
  2. Digital connection is revolutionizing communications
  3. Work complexity is increasing
  4. Hierarchical power is diminishing
  5. Change is coming from the edges of the organization


democracy at work

It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.” – Winston Churchill

Our society has tried many ways to organize work over the years, yet real democracy is a form that few have attempted. The need to control people runs deep in our work cultures. Managers have ‘direct reports’ and humans are regarded as ‘resources’. The need for command and control stems from inadequate means to effectively communicate. But in the past decade we finally have the circumstances where almost anyone can communicate with almost everyone. Hyperlinks have truly subverted hierarchy, even though institutional and market hierarchies are doing their utmost to prevent or control this. Oligopolies control most of our communications media, even democratic states run surveillance operations on their citizens, and many workplaces monitor all mediated communications. These are reactionary attempts to stop what has the potential to be the inevitable spread of democracy.

Why do we need democracy? It is the only way humans will be able to organize in order to deal with the complex problems facing us. Our intangible marketplaces, like the app economy, will continue to be highly volatile. Climate change and environmental degradation cannot be addressed by any existing institution. New approaches to solving wicked problems are required if humanity is to thrive or even survive into the next century. (more…)

Friday’s Finds #240

Every fortnight I collate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds.

@ericgarland – “Humility is often painful, but arrogance is always fatal.

The very reason I write is so that I might not sleepwalk through my entire life.” – Zadie Smith – via @ShaunCoffey (more…)