Reflections On The Socially Dynamic Organisation

I’ve been running a workshop today around the Socially Dynamic organisation, exploring aspects of learning, leadership, technology and change in the Social Age. The term ‘Socially Dynamic’ refers to an organisation which has moved beyond the simple reliance on hierarchy, formal authority, process and control towards a state where it is facilitating and enabling every level. It has unlocked the power of its communities with a devolved and distributed Social Authority giving us an ability to sense make in this new space.

The Socially Dynamic Organisation

Constrained organisations are well intentioned and busy, but subject to control effects which drain the energy and draw them to lethargy. By contrast, the Socially Dynamic organisation is able to achieve amplification and momentum by being fully adapted, by having reinvented itself away from the Victorian architecture of a previous age towards a much more fluid and adaptive setup.

Mechanisms of Control

There is no one single point of adaptation, but rather a holistic pattern of change. This is not simply a matter of leadership, compliance, infrastructure, facilities, recruitment, or HR, but rather an interplay between all of these and more within and alongside the community itself.

The ways that communities are engaged will be different too: a new social contract that is fairer and clearer and includes aspects of social recognition and reward, not simply mechanisms of control.

How will we know when we have this? If we don’t know then we are probably not there yet. The Socially Dynamic organisation will be apparent as it is Socially Dynamic: in other words the experience is lived every day to the culture we experience in our everyday reality. If we have to look hard for it, if we only find it in places, then we are still constrained with one or two elements of the organisation pulling ahead but doubtless with other parts lagging behind. This is the unfairness of dynamic change: if you are not fully there, you are not there at all. We can be well-intentioned, because intent sits at the start of the dynamic change framework: but it’s transformation which is the key, and the enemy of transformation is misaligned energy, a failure to relinquish control, or a belief that we are there already.

About julianstodd

Author, Artist, Researcher, and Founder of Sea Salt Learning. My work explores the context of the Social Age and the intersection of formal and social systems.
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16 Responses to Reflections On The Socially Dynamic Organisation

  1. “if you are not fully there, you are not there at all”
    Basically it is like being pregnant, you are either pregnant or not…. No half state.
    Wondering about it means “no”.
    I would love to attend a workshop where participants suddenly become aware of their state and start working towards changing it… Together!
    As there is no way an organization can become socially dynamic on it own!

  2. Bonsai says:

    Personal transparency– the ability to be ourselves completely, to share our vulnerabilities and be supported as a community.

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