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Nice article in the Observer about a shift in power away from a regular 1 share 1 vote kind of power. I suspect lots of other innovations are to be expected in the evolution of finance meets governance space.
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A propos, James Dyson's organisation is discussed in a good article in the Economist. Alas, the thing is guarded by OldThink popups and excresceneces that bring me out in a rash. However, grit your teeth and get past that hooHah, and there are some good thoughts in here:

http://www.economist.com/news/britain/21648003-lack-skilled-workers-and-managers-drags-country-down-mind-gap?fsrc=scn/fb/te/pe/ed/mindthegap
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Interesting organisation - very successful by all accounts.
It is lunchtime at Suma Wholefoods' distribution warehouse. While most workers across Britain are preparing to inhale an overpriced chain-store sandwich at their desks, the 140 staff of the West Yorkshire co-operative are filing in for a plate of good, old-fashioned hot food.
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The 3 p's - nice and snappy.
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I like this.  I wonder what Dom has done that makes him think this? For me it is about the idea of work as something empowering, liberating not a tyranny. Give that idea to someone (in a way that sticks) and it cannot be unlearned.  It changes one life forever.
The power of starting with one and the need to look over the next horizon.Starting with oneI believe fundamentally in the power of starting with one. One person, one street, one neighbourhood, one city.Focusing on one means that a depth of impact, of service, of experience can be created and nurtured in a way that will define the future of your work indefinitely.The standards you set will act as a welcome touchpoint for the rest of the journey to...
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I think this has been shared before.  An article by Clayton Christensen: "Consulting on the Cusp of Distruption" [long].

https://hbr.org/2013/10/consulting-on-the-cusp-of-disruption

Not sure that it is worth reading the whole piece as not much to learn in that logically everything industrial is going to be blown-to-bits at some point.  The interesting money is more to do with when, how and why?  

A couple of little extracts that made me smile though are worth sharing:  "Management consulting’s fundamental business model has not changed in more than 100 years."

The stranglehold of the utilization model ;-)

and: "... two factors—opacity and agility—have long made consulting immune to disruption."

I can imagine the an exponential unfolding is overdue on both of these points.  Intuitively inevitable but like the Snowden awakening some major failures will perhaps have to shine a light on some poor practices...
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<<  some major failures will perhaps have to shine a light on some poor practices... >>

There have been two or thee books at least written about some of the catastrophes accomplished by big consulting firms.  To date, they thrive on.
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“The modern Civil Service is increasingly charged with finding more intelligent ways of solving problems and making efficient use of funding,”.  I wish Ethos were allowed to help...  Most of what I see is lots more talk but the same old issues being spun around.  I've just returned from a fascinating meeting about cyber-security and information assurance.  Like most problems it seem (to me) to be more about people, culture, attitudes and beliefs than any process or technology...

http://www.civilserviceworld.com/articles/news/mps-call-action-boost-whitehall-skills-and-make-it-easier-retain-top-staff
The civil service needs to carry out an “honest appraisal” of the skills it lacks as well its ability to ensure the best officials aren't poached by the private sector, a cross-party group of MPs has said. Ministers published the Capability Plan, a fresh strategy for boosting Whitehall skills ...
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Thanks, Annabelle.

What makes a top notch civil servant in a democracy is a good question.  I suspect there would be a lot of different opinions.  A capability I would throw onto the list is ability to operate obliquely, rather like a brilliant Chess Master (see John Kay, "Obliquity").  Unlike a business manager you can't say "This way, follow me" because you are not an elected representative.  The Minister, not the PS or DG, is able to indicate the way ahead.

BTW I'm looking for someone to help me revive the regular Isochron Think Tanks on Change.  People keep asking me to do this so there seems to be a market for it.  Now I'm semi-retired I'm not keen to be the sole leader and organiser any more.  Do you know anyone?  The idea would be to hold the sessions about twice a year.  The City of London seems likely to be an appropriate location because recent technique developments so tightly connect change and end-to-end finance.
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I'm Rob Pye one of the co-founders of Ethos along with Tony Clarke. This experiment which I am guessing will last the rest of my life started in 1999 when I kinda perceived the World rather differently (post industrially, perhaps).  

I am a problem solver, connector (in a way much broader than people) and like asking questions like: How can the web create a [better version of] Ernst & Young in an instant? How do we replicate all of their competencies, capabilities, trust, brand and suchlike?  Without all the nonsense and wasted time, energy and talent? Without the hierarchies? Without quite so much inequality?  I think we are getting closer.  I work from home in mostly.  Travel to London perhaps a few days a week.  We have the "capability" to do what most companies "do" in offices over the web.  Except for breaking-bread f2f socialising and drinking.   I'm passionate about helping to shape the future of work, what the future holds for us and out children.  I've never worked anywhere for more than 6 years but this doesn't feel like work to me.  I suspect that you will have to carry me out of Ethos in a box.  One way or other...
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A propos: this just in from Peter Diamandis / Singularity

http://singularityhub.com/2015/03/02/disrupting-yourself/
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THEN THERE'S THE DYSTOPIAN QUANTIFIED FUTURE WE'RE HURTLING TOWARDS, WHERE EVERYTHING FROM FITBIT DATA TO CORPORATE CAFETERIA HABITS COULD POSSIBLY BE USED BY YOUR EMPLOYER.
Thanks to clever analytics, workplaces are getting a bit more Minority Report.
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I like this.  I wonder what Dom has done that makes him think this? For me it is about the idea of work as something empowering, liberating not a tyranny. Give that idea to someone (in a way that sticks) and it cannot be unlearned.  It changes one life forever.
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I think this has been shared before.  An article by Clayton Christensen: "Consulting on the Cusp of Distruption" [long].

https://hbr.org/2013/10/consulting-on-the-cusp-of-disruption

Not sure that it is worth reading the whole piece as not much to learn in that logically everything industrial is going to be blown-to-bits at some point.  The interesting money is more to do with when, how and why?  

A couple of little extracts that made me smile though are worth sharing:  "Management consulting’s fundamental business model has not changed in more than 100 years."

The stranglehold of the utilization model ;-)

and: "... two factors—opacity and agility—have long made consulting immune to disruption."

I can imagine the an exponential unfolding is overdue on both of these points.  Intuitively inevitable but like the Snowden awakening some major failures will perhaps have to shine a light on some poor practices...
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About time 😉
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One for Pi day, for sure ;-)
 
These guys and their cows...They astound me regularly.

#CowPi #piday  
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Heh
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Bless him. +Howard Rheingold a very special man :-)
 
Good Afternoon All Mind Expanders

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Ht +monika hardy

Howard Rheingold: On To The Next Chapter: http://youtu.be/qQAWDpG2-18
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more than 10,000.
We are still running, because we raised the money to buy the WeLL from Salon. A "4 letter domain" is very valuable and Salon played very straight with us because the domain could have gone to auction with the big spenders of Health or Pharma industry.. So hats off to them.
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Spotted two of our partners +Mike Davis-Marks and +Adrian Ulisse in this video - Smile ;-)
I really like this video production.  I would be keen to get whoever did this to cover our http://ethosvo.org events too.  Any ideas who did it?
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I'll ask Rene (CEO Inspired Leaders Network).  Adrian and I are due to meet him for a Smart City chat.  I have a not so secret agenda to recruit him as a partner - he is a phenomenal facilitator and speaker.
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Education
  • University of Kent
    Computer Science, 1982 - 1984
  • Welbeck College
    1980 - 1982
  • Dover College
    1978 - 1980
  • RCDS
    Leadership in a strategic Environment, 2009 - 2009
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Making sense of networked business models
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Working on networked business models since the late 90's.  Living a dream: playing on both sides of the fence!  Institutions and networks.
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My work is my hobby. My profession is being a father!
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CEO of Ethos
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  • Ethos
    CEO, 2010 - present
  • Team Army
    Director, 2010 - 2013
  • Thales Group
    Vice President, 2004 - 2010
  • Ernst & Young
    Director, 1995 - 1999
  • Capita Business Services
    Group BD Director, 2002 - 2004
  • IBM
    Divisional Director, 1990 - 1995
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Chiliwack - Merstham - Kingswood - Folkestone - Cove - Nienburg - Hong Kong