Category Archives: Community

The Scale of Social Systems: Tribes, and Tribes of Tribes

Formal systems scale forever: just add more teams, more hierarchy, more structure. Draw more lines. The largest organisations in the world are triumphs of formal structure: executive teams, functional teams, engineering teams, logistics and legal teams, distribution networks, innovation centres, … Continue reading

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Story Sharing: The Perils of Power

As organisations try to harness the power of communities, there is a real risk that they kill them. Well meaning, well intentioned, organisations, but ones who carry existing power dynamics into social spaces. I thought i’d try to illustrate that … Continue reading

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Commuter Communities

I spend a lot of time on trains. As transport goes, trains are my favourite: mountainous Swiss railways, trundling and erratic rural English ones, the wonderful grandeur and quaintly outdated American system, they all give you both function and aesthetic: … Continue reading

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Strangers

My niece described her Guides group to me at the weekend: she talked about how it had been small, and had high levels of engagement, but that recently it had grown in size, and that something had been lost. More … Continue reading

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Conditions for Community

I’m working on some principles for supporting the development of Communities of Practice, so sharing this illustration, which is about ‘foundations’, what are the conditions for Communities to emerge? It’s not intended to be definitive, just part of a conversation … Continue reading

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Rapid Prototyping: The MOODPost3000

I’ve written recently about emergent technology, and the innovation and impacts we see around us: this work explores a basket of seven areas of innovation, one of which is ‘Temperature Checks‘. The idea here is that we can move away … Continue reading

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Exclusive Communities

Earlier this week i travelled by train, bus and car to visit a friend who lives out in one of the more remote communities. She runs a book club at her church. When she started it three years ago, there … Continue reading

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