A Common Future

If you want to see what one of the new organisational models for work in the 21st Century will look like, then watch (and perhaps participate in) the Innovation Commons wiki. The folks in Vancouver have organised a web space to discuss all of the issues around the creation of a common work place (the actual name is still being discussed) including a business plan and marketing strategy. This is exciting because wiki technology will allow anyone to see how the community grows; both locally and as a network. The whole world can watch this (I will) and learn from it. It means that successes can be replicated and mistakes can be addressed before they spread. The Commons network may become the first truly transparent organisational model.

I’ve been watching and learning from the Queen Street Commons, as I want to create a local Commons here in Sackville. I discussed it over coffee this morning with a local entrepreneur for the first time, and a work Commons seems to be an idea whose time has come.

The idea is a very easy sell. The most difficult part seems to be in finding the initial capital for the space. In a small town like Sackville this is tough, but we have some ideas. I really appreciate the fact that others are paving the way to make it easier for the rest of us. Once the first few are created, then I expect a great explosion of the entire Commons network.

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