humanity

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. I am currently in Toronto, returning from speaking at the Institute for Performance and Learning where my topic was ‘Humanity: the killer app’.

“One reason I find it a revelation to read newspapers, listen to radio: Human-curated news is tremendously more varied than machine-filtered.”@mims

“the people driving for Über are doing R&D for automatic cars!” says @rushkoff at #platformcoop – via @jerrymichalski

“I’m not a human resource. Certainly not an asset. Don’t even mention a human capital. I’m a human being, period.”@Mintzberg141 via @rachelbotsman

Dee Hock, Founder and CEO Emeritus of VISA, on capitalism and spirituality – via @janhoglund

“So, if you really think deeply about such things, you come to realize that every organization is nothing but a mental construct, an idea around which people and resources are assembled theoretically in pursuit of common purpose and in accordance with a belief system of some sort. So I became convinced that it is really the ultimate design problem. If an organization is really nothing but a mental construct, then anything you can conceivably imagine in putting together the relevant materials, which include people and their relationships, is possible. And this construct will either bring out the best in people or the worst in them. In the long run, the command and control model rewards and brings out the worst in people instead of their best.”

Transforming an Organization, even when that organization is a country, by @markfederman

‘Everyone in an organization connects to everyone else via a set of valence (uniting, combining, reacting) relationships. Change a person and you necessarily change the interactions among those relationships. Change the quality and nature of those interacting relationships and you change the organization. Thus every new arrival and every fresh departure is a transformational act. Contemporary hiring strategy is less of “what skills do we need?” and more of “who, what, and how do we want to become?”‘

“Planning automobile cities focuses on saving time. Planning accessible cities focuses on time well spent.”— R. Cervero via @grescoe

A Human City

A Human City

3 Responses to “humanity”

  1. tyelmene

    IMHO, this set of summaries carry the ‘essential conceptual meaning difference,’ that will make the difference between a future of enlightenment or any of a thousand dystopias… History and the multi-threaded perversion of corporatism have brought us now to the proverbial; ‘fork in the road’… Many we choose well.

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  2. Lía Goren

    “So, if you really think deeply about such things, you come to realize that every organization is nothing but a mental construct, an idea around which people and resources are assembled theoretically in pursuit of common purpose and in accordance with a belief system of some sort. So I became convinced that it is really the ultimate design problem. …”
    As all the meaningful things this paragraph might seem obvious, but it it is not at all. I work around family and school issues and this is so important. Family an school life are too a matter of design.

    Related to this
    “Change a person and you necessarily change the interactions among those relationships. Change the quality and nature of those interactions relationships and you change the organization.”
    I think that is also valid -and very important too- this: If you change the dynamic of those interaction relationships (it forces behaviour change), then the person change. So, you can do all in one systemic step. To me, the interaction pattern -centralized /hierarchical to distributed- is the key.

    Thanks for your generosity!

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