In the early stages of writing, i like to create a more visual map of the book: this is ‘behind the scenes’ really, to help me identify the core narrative, and ensure i do not miss out anything obvious!
The reason i do this is because in my earlier books, i often wrote them as a series of essays – each of which maybe made sense in itself, but it was always difficult to stitch them together: this was, i kind of do the stitching up front, if that makes sense…
By the time this book is finished, i am sure this particular structure will be unrecognisable: partly because narratives evolves as you find them, and partly because the research will probably carry me in a particular direction. I am familiar with this process, and i think part of the confidence of writing over time is a comfort with one’s ability to be loose in structure, but not so loose that you lose the coherence of the story.
With this work, i am clear that i want it to be grounded in around ten case studies, and to point to practical frameworks or approaches that can be picked up. To that extent, this is more a practical guide than a theoretical study.
There is also a clear backbone to the work, in that my interviews are based in the IMAGINE Community, a community with dozens of global Organisations that come together to collaborate on shared challenges, and to find and share insight and experience.
So one part of this book is about this Community (which is actively experimenting in various areas), whilst the other part is about the members themselves.
There will be a thread that ties this to my broader work, specifically the Socially Dynamic Organisation: why do we experiment, how do we do it, and why does it seem that some cultures are better at it than others.
My aim is to work on this book across the second half of this year as one of two major research and writing projects, and i will share the insights as i go.