Posts Categorized: Democracy

Networked Knowing

I spoke at the UNL Extension conference in Nebraska last week. The theme was on the changing nature of work as we enter the network era and how learning is becoming integral to individual and organizational success. I noted how the period of 1900 to 1920 saw a significant shift in the American economy, with… Read more »

The Future of HR

“The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades” – Timbuk3 Complication Many of today’s larger companies have overly complicated, hierarchical structures. As they grew to their current size, control processes were put in place to create efficiencies. To ensure reliable operations and avoid risk, work became standardized. New layers of supervision appeared, more silos were… Read more »

Democracy vs platform capitalism

Here are some observations and insights that were shared on social media this past fortnight. I call these Friday’s Finds. A Digital Declaration – by Shoshana Zuboff In the shadow and gloom of today’s institutional facts, it has become fashionable to mourn the passing of the democratic era. I say that democracy is the best… Read more »

Good leaders connect

Why do organizations need leaders? If you think about leadership from a tribal, institutional, or even market perspective, then it is about controlling information and appropriately using the power you have been given, in order to achieve the organization’s aims. But communications have changed that, as we move into the network era, a move that… Read more »

A world of pervasive networks

According to Derrick de Kerckhove, Director of the McLuhan Program in Culture, the McLuhans’ tetradic Laws of Media state that every medium (or technology in the broader sense of the word) has four major effects: extends a human property (the car extends the foot); obsolesces the previous medium by turning it into a sport or an form of… Read more »

Move the hierarchy to the rear

In an environment where everyone is a leader, some other mechanism needs to be put in place to ensure that everyone can maintain and optimize the tenets of fairness, trust and transparency so the entire organization can move forward. —Harrison Monarth: HBR The foundation for this ‘other mechanism’ is the wirearchy framework: a dynamic two-way… Read more »

Make Work More Human

2013: The Incredibly Shrinking American Middle Class — Bill Moyers 2013: Five Myths about Canada’s Middle Class — Globe & Mail 2013: RIP: The Middle Class — Salon 2013: The Next Middle Class — Harold Jarche 2014: The Middle Class is Steadily Eroding — New York Times The titles above indicate a shift in the economy and many of our… Read more »

Democracy is coming

“Democracy is neither a gift nor a license; it is a possibility realized through practice grounded in a deep commitment to truth and an acceptance of the responsibility to seek justice for all.” —David Korten A guiding goal in much of my work is the democratization of the enterprise. Democracy is our best structure for… Read more »

Shifting responsibility by taking responsibility

About 10 years ago a fictional video, EPIC 2014, forecast the future domination of web media companies like Google and Amazon. The video spread rapidly, with an updated version, EPIC 2015 made as a sequel. The videos describe a future corporation that controls most news on the web; namely Googlezon and its platform called EPIC (Evolving… Read more »

Lateral Organizations

Hierarchical organizational forms have been the norm through much of history, especially the last 2,000 years. Lateral organizations, or more egalitarian structures, have been the exception. In the endless allure of non-hierarchical organizations, David Creelman notes that both forms have their flaws, but says it’s best to thoroughly understand the history of the field. I… Read more »