Tag 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my favourite: mountainous Swiss railways, trundling and erratic rural English ones, the wonderful grandeur and quaintly outdated American system, they all give you both function and aesthetic: … Continue reading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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Inventing Canada… Again

I’ve had a great day at the Institute of Public Administration conference in Canada, sharing work around Social Leadership and the evolution of democracy. Great, not because of what i’ve shared, but because of what i’ve learnt: curiosity, enquiry, reflection, … Continue reading

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Launching the Social Leadership 100 days Podcast series

Alongside the launch of my new book, ‘Social Leadership – my 1st 100 days’, i’m pushing out 100 podcasts, one to go with each development activity in the workbook. There will be a MOOC launching too, next week. If you … Continue reading

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Alice Loves Matty

Graffiti is a voice claimed when no other is given: the ultimately democratised language, subversive, irreverent, free. So often, we wonder why people will not engage, why they will not comment, question, or challenge. But that may be to miss … Continue reading

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