Category Archives: Community

Social Leadership: Fairness, Humility, and Community

Social Leadership is founded upon fairness: deeply distributed, clearly visible, transparent, and fluid. It won’t come from system and process, but rather from engagement and action, within our communities, grounded in the behaviour of every individual. Social Leadership is very … Continue reading

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Perpetually Opposed

As i’ve been thinking about communities, and the forces that bind them, i’ve reached what feels like an inescapable truth: that for any unity, there must be opposition, for any membership, there must be exclusion. I don’t mean active disenfranchisement … Continue reading

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Research Project: Conditions for Community

I want to share some details of a research project that we’ve kicked off this week, exploring ‘Conditions for Community’. This is quite early stage work, building out of some earlier pieces on ‘communities in Social Leadership’, and some of … Continue reading

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Intertwined Systems

There’s an illusion of a woodcut that you may have seen: look at it, and you see the silhouette of an old women, but then, the image shifts, and you see a young woman’s face. Concentrate hard, and it shifts … Continue reading

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Not One But Many: The Interconnection of Tribes

Our challenge in building the Socially Dynamic Organisation is not to build one unified tribe, but rather to interconnect the many. The thing that we want already exists: tightly trust bonded groups, repositories of tacit knowledge, effective ‘sense making’ entities. … Continue reading

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The Need for Trust

The formal structure of an organisation is visible, clear, codified by rules, system, and process. It’s the management structure the determines whether i have power over you. In parallel to this, runs the social structure, and it doesn’t work in … Continue reading

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Tribes, Communities, and Society: a Reflection on Taxonomy

I may be delving into semantics here, but i’ve been thinking about the granular nature of social systems, and playing with something of a taxonomy. This is prompted because i realised i had started using the word ‘tribe’ a lot … Continue reading

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