Posts Categorized: Communities

25-10-3

An understanding of the research on how and why groups of people change can lead to better ways of organizing as a society or an organization. For instance, small groups of committed individuals who want to influence society need a significant presence to make that change happen: twenty-five percent. “When a minority group pushing change… Read more »

fifteen years

Today marks fifteen years of self-employment. After two years I had noted that my business was good enough for some cheeses but still too young for most wines. Today I’m a very old chunk of cheese but a much better wine, I hope. By the four-year mark I had experienced clients not paying me and… Read more »

no more email subscriptions

There are several ways to subscribe to this blog and I have just removed two: Feedburner (Google), and Webfish. This will be the last post you receive via email as I am cancelling subscriptions and deleting all subscribers in the next 24 hours. Update: There is now an email subscription service in the navigation bar…. Read more »

culture is complex

I am in a rural village in France enjoying my last day here before heading home. This week was spent mostly in Paris, running a workshop and meeting with a few people. One of the frequent topics was AI: artificial intelligence, not actionable insights. I admit that I know very little about AI, but luckily… Read more »

architects of our future

Stanford Prison Experiment It has been generally thought in the popular press that the Stanford Prison Experiment showed that normal people act like sadistic guards when placed in a ‘prison-like’ environment. In this interview with Guy Kawasaki, Dr. Philip Zimbardo discusses his 1971 prison experiment, where students played their roles as guards or prisoners and abuses started within… Read more »

coffee, communities, and condescension

Last month I started a coffee club so that subscribers to this blog could purchase the equivalent of a cup of coffee for me each month. This week we had our first online video conference with five participants. As a result we decided that this would be a good place to have deeper and more… Read more »

the coffee club

Last October I suggested that subscribers to this blog could buy me a monthly cup of coffee to support my writing. Several of you have done so: thank you! We now have a private online space to continue our conversations. To kick off 2018 I have decided to make the beta conversations available exclusively to coffee club… Read more »

perpetual beta 2017

Blogging is one way I make sense of the world. This past year I wrote about 120 posts on various topics. What follows is a summary of some of my thoughts during 2017. My ways of seeing the world have changed over the years and blogging has helped to keep my thoughts in a state… Read more »

beta conversation 2017-11-28

I will be hosting the next Beta Conversation on Tuesday, 28 November at 14:00 UTC. This will be the last one for 2017. The subject will be understanding media for professional development, management, and leadership. The Harvard Business Review article, The Best Leaders are Constant Learners, provides some background reading. Participants can add their own… Read more »

our future is networked and feminine

TIMN is an explanatory model of how human societies have organized: first in Tribes, later with Institutions added (T+I), and in our current society where Markets dominate (T+I+M). As we enter an era where the Network form (T+I+M+N) gains dominance, most of the previous organizational forms will evolve to adapt to the new form. The… Read more »