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Joachim Stroh
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Thinker • Strategist • Change Agent
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I continue my exploration into Org Design with a two part post on how we are currently building an org structure for the Digital Life Collective [1]. Part one in the visual below takes a high level view and shows three rings, the inner core, the periphery and the outer movement. I've overlaid the visual with a network graph (with permission from Valdis Krebs) that he describes as follows:

"The blue nodes (lurkers) have shown interest, but are dormant/inactive. They may read some online material now and then, but they do not contribute any and they do not partake in any conversations or work. The green nodes have a few friends in the group (they may have joined together) who they talk to and interact with. They show a higher degree of interest than the blues but they are mostly focused on what/who they know. Whereas the blues/lukers are sitting back and wondering WIIFM, at least the greens are discussing WIIFM with their friends… a step forward. The red Core are people that have jumped in and are working on various things. They know WIIFM and like the bargain. Through their work they are exposed to many others and their connections multiply as various work groups interact. Yes, some in the core are better connected than others, all are working on common goals. Those very connected now, will not be able to add too many more links and others will have to step up to the leadership roles for specific sub-projects. Those people on the periphery/edge of the core used to be green or blue nodes that linked with a core member and were pulled into the action. Closing triangles is key to expanding the core in connectivity both internally and with new external connections. Close triangles internally and open new triangles externally."

His data was gathered from actual online activity (e.g. messages, browsing, page visits, etc.) and I use it here to indicate information flow relative to the core (e.g. a tweet from someone that only heard from us is a blue dot, a discussion between two members in a Discourse community is a green dot and a team meeting in the technology holon is a red dot for each member. I will drill down on the core in the next post. Stay tuned.


[1] https://diglife.com/ 
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My most recent collaborative deck on The Future of Work for a presentation given by fellow Change Agents +Catherine Shinners and +Simon Terry in SF.


https://www.slideshare.net/chagww/the-future-of-work-75335947

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I haven't created a #green_chart for a long time, so here goes. While we are expanding Sceenius Knowledge Expeditions, we needed a way to visualize how we can grow (scale) both our processes and structures. What I came up with is this chart that depicts a green "group flow" zone, a zone of optimal performance of the team through generative processes and structures. Anything outside the zone is considered degenerative (it hinders growth, e.g. a strict policy to limit certain access). When I say "scale" here I mean more of a quality/capability dimension than a quantity/capacity dimension. The pathway is depicted in the lower left, which will cross some procedural and structural boundaries (to test the way out). 
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2016 was a critical year for Sceenius. We refined our collaboration platform, deepening immersion and adding a better user interface. We refactored the code base to accommodate more integration in the future. For example we just integrated the platform with Google Streetview to create "Streetwalk,” a virtual walk with a group of people, experienced in real-time presence whether the collaborators are in actual proximity or scattered across the planet. Check out the new participative trailer that pulls participants right into the story [2]. We are now transferring knowledge content of authors' books into collaborative interactive expedition experiences. We expanded our team with Flemming Funch, founder of the New Civilization Network and developer of software for facilitating self-organization of people, and Zach Schlosser, co-founder of The Numina System, writer, and meditation practitioner. Our crew is now five people strong which gives us momentum heading into 2017. As the Sceenius team grows, we are manifesting a holonic structure for our organization, beginning with three overlapping circles that represent the way we work — the Experience Space, the Production Studio and the Business Lounge [1]. Looking ahead we plan to add more immersive features to the platform (e.g. partial VR experiences) in preparation for a formal offering of ambiance-as-a-service in 2017.

[1] https://plus.google.com/u/0/+JoachimStroh/posts/d2qbCZCenVg
[2] http://sceenius.com/2016/12/16/blade-runner/
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Have you ever admired the original Blade Runner opening titles? Yes? Here's a chance to revisit them and compare them to my new (pure Javascript) opening titles for Sceenius participants (their names appear in the scroll) - be sure to turn the volume up:

http://expedition.sceenius.com/bladerunner.html

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How would conceive the design of a 21C organization based on the new realities of our highly dynamic, connected and participative world? Or, as +Jon Husband puts it so eloquently in his definition of "Wirearchy", how would you create “a dynamic two-way flow of power and authority, based on knowledge, trust, credibility and a focus on results, enabled by interconnected people and technology”. This is what we came up with at Sceenius (http://sceenius.com).

The first step was a conceptual capture of "spaces" that make up the "whole" of the organization (they contain everything that is part of it) - for Sceenius this was the Experience Space (where our expeditions take place), the Production Studio (where the magic is created) and the Business Lounge (where we anticipate new magic and new relationships). You can further break spaces down into subspaces and begin to approximate it with people (or roles) that will work closely within these spaces.

The next step is to create a structure around these spaces. The obvious one here is a holonic structure, although the conceptual space is more akin to overlapping Venn diagrams (which helps to see overlapping roles). But it's close enough, so that we can begin formulating what is part of the structure and what is not. We used Nestr (http://nestr.io) for this exercise and for now it provides a raw shell which we will begin to populate with people, roles and tasks over time. The structure reminded me of the Recursive Structure that I posted about in 2013 [1], maybe it will come close to it.

The bottom layer is tactical, this is where all the action takes place from inside the previously defined spaces and holonic structure. We are using Ryver (http://ryver.com) to provide us with a work chat/activity stream that maps nicely to the previous spaces and subspaces. Don't create too many channels (or forums in Ryver's tool) as this tends to fragment your activity and posts cannot be followed easily. Instead, use a single stream that is categorized into the main spaces and refined using an evolving folksonomy (using #tags ).

[1] https://plus.google.com/u/0/+JoachimStroh/posts/aSFGkTAgWPH
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New slide deck on Working Out Load prepared for a talk I gave at the Gurteen Knowledge Cafe in NYC on Nov 2 and for the upcoming #WOLWEEK  Nov 7-13 https://wolweek.wordpress.com/

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New set of sonified slides based on a post from +John Kellden's Conversation Community [1] Click on the link below, turn up your volume (click on go fullscreen), and experience a taxonomy for the Conversation Community. Sonified slides are an experiment to bring the audience "into" a presentation, rather than looking at a representation. They are created from Google Slides and an html <audio> element. Watch the inaugural one here [2].

http://sceenius.com/tour/themes

[1] https://plus.google.com/u/0/+JohnKellden/posts/hXeeLKGB12h and
https://www.facebook.com/groups/conversationsthatmindandmatter/permalink/1545465149095806/
[2] http://sceenius.com/tour/rain
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+Harold Jarche introduces a nice adaptation of the Seek-Sense-Share learning model [1] done by HearingFirst [2]. I've recently used Seek-Sense-Share with +Nancy Dixon to explain how to "stay on top of your domain" (see visual below). You can download a PDF file here [3].

[1] http://jarche.com/2016/05/pkm-to-learn-is-to-do/
[2] http://hearingfirst.org/blog/2016/04/19/seek-sense-share
[3] https://www.dropbox.com/s/52pobhookc2guzr/sss_wb.pdf?dl=0
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A day in the life of a Change Agent. Not everyone has the same perspective. Keep reminding myself. 
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