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Building Organizations of the Future
Building Organizations of the Future


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Glia--The Smart Revolution

After having gone back to the drawing board the last year or so, we`re ready again to make a difference in the future of how we organize. 

This is a recent blog post to get things going!
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What is #Glia ?
A Spiritual Awakening

Chris Dessi gets it.

" This thing we call social media - is a spiritual awakening, not a technological one. Of course all of these interactions are supported by technology - but non of it would happen in the manner in which it all unfolds if it weren't for us. We're connecting with each other on a deeper level via technology."

H/T to +Luca Leonardini .
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What is this #Glia thing all about, you reasonably ask?

Connecting Authentic people for collaborating to build a sustainable future

Learn. Grow. Connect. Act.
You are already amazing at something. Guess what, the world needs your amazingness!
Learn more about how you can use that to make our world better. Grow. Grow personally, grow a tribe of passionate people who want to make this world a better place. Connect. Connect yourself to others. Glia can help. Connect ideas, connect people, be a hub of connectivity.
Think of how to combine all that star power into something powerful that will blow people's minds, and make out world better.
Act. Just do it.
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Connective Intelligence

Authentic people collaborating to build a sustainable future -- +Steve Faktor 's elevator pitch for #Glia

I suck at distilling my concepts into elevator pitches.
But!! This is why we have wickedly cool connective networks of smart people like #Glia to help.

+Steve Faktor and I got together on Skype the other day, and shot the proverbial poop for a few hours around this whole economic, sustainable future thing, riffing off of his book, "*Econovation*", and my whole 'organization of the future' deal.
What people like Steve have, among a zillion other talents, is the ability to distil grand things into digestible sentences that people can grasp.
He's also going to perform some kind of miracle in editing a nearly three hour BS session into an engaging couple of 20 minute podcasts.

Being part of #Glia also means you get to connect to a lot of wickedly smart, wickedly talented, wickedly cool people. Why the hell aren't you part of the #Glia network?
A fun way to start can be submitting your elevator pitch for #Glia !!
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#Glia #Innovation

Just one of the projects and initiatives started from within the #Glia community.
If this interests you, go check it out!
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Brainstorming the Future, Building the Future

Brainstorms 2.0--The Project

As we all know, we face enormous challenges in the future, that will impact us locally, globally, how we do business, how we govern. These challenges will disrupt and shape our economic foundations and our political relationships.

As people, as organizations, as society, as governance, as business and labour, we are going to need massive innovation in order to address these challenges.
We need to generate advances in economic theory and practice, we need to generate advances in political theory and practice. The economic and political theory and practice that got us to here, is archaically inadequate to deal with the challenges we face now, and the coming decades.

In a next stage development I am calling Brainstorms 2.0, I am looking for the revolutionaries that can be part of a community of practice in understanding the challenges, developing innovative solutions, and innovative actions.

This will be a very dynamic community of people hosted within the Caucus webconferencing software platform, and is the platform that hosts +Howard Rheingold 's ground breaking Brainstorms community for 14 years.

I am starting with a circle of people around some of the more specific areas of interest and expertise. These are:
--the environment and ecosystem
--the science
--education, the future of
--healthcare, the future of
--social business
--social technologies (a broader category for the 'social media' and 'social networking' terms)
--systems thinking and complex adaptive systems
--organizational learning
--management 2.0 theory and practice
--business and business challenges
--governance and government challenges
--geopolitics and issues

If you are interested in change, and being part of cutting edge environment that will be part of understanding and creating that change, this could be for you.
If you are interested only in perpetuating old systems, old political and business agendas, this is not for you.

By the end of March, I would like to have at least 150 qualified people willing and able to seed this community of purpose. This will be one of the most dynamic environments you could belong to in shaping the future we need to survive through to the next century. If you are part of the business community, part of governance, or society, and want to play a leading role in helping to shape our future, this could be for you.

If this is something you would be interested in being a part of, comment, and list your areas of interest and expertise, and i will put you in the development circle for this project.
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Occupy Your Lawmaking Process

I'm Canadian, and I also have way too much on my agenda for the next year, but I would love to see someone from the #Glia community take this and run with it!
Spread the word, this is something we would love to have a tribe of people from the Glia/Google+ community involved in!

Big tip of the #Glia hat to +Jeff Jockisch

Are you fed up with piracy acts with scorched-earth tactics like SOPA and PIPA—or secretly negotiated agreements like ACTA? Do you wonder why we the people don’t propose our own laws, rather than just react whenever these bills slouch toward Congress to be born? Wouldn’t you like a place where you and a few like-minded amateur lawmakers could get together and do it right? If you said yes, Public Knowledge (PK) has a site for you.
Schoolhouse Rock for My generation?

I wish. I'm just a Bill helped define my conception of America: I'm Just a Bill (Schoolhouse Rock!)

But maybe there is a way we can get past parts of our broken political system with

+Carol Pinchefsky has good good write-up on the concept here:
Crowdsource Digital Laws with the 'Internet Blueprint'?

Are you fed up with piracy acts with scorched-earth tactics like SOPA and PIPA—or secretly negotiated agreements like ACTA? Do you wonder why we the people don’t propose our own laws, rather than just react whenever these bills slouch toward Congress to be born? Wouldn’t you like a place where you and a few like-minded amateur lawmakers could get together and do it right? If you said yes, Public Knowledge (PK) has a site for you.

cc\ +Jason Hurtado Daniels +Gregory Esau #glia
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#Glia --The Social Glue
Model Influences

#emergence #selforganizingsystems
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Organizations for the Future

A fabulous post by +Meg Tufano .

Very #Glia like!
“Want to Get Social?”

In the most paradoxical of ways, we hear the word “social” everywhere when actual physical social activity is probably at an all-time low. People are busy! Who has time to socialize? I recently stayed with a family whose children are eight and twelve and all four family members brought their gizmo of choice to the dinner table: an iPad for Mom, a laptop each for the Dad and Daughter, and an iPod Touch for the eight year old Son. I realized I had to go get my iPhone if I was not going to be “rude” and interrupt by actually socializing. (To be fair, when someone in the family found something that was too good not to share, they brought it to me or to their parent, etc. and said, “Hey, look at this!” And we briefly enjoyed Ooo-ing and Ah-ing before going back to whatever we were doing online.) The dinner was delicious (Chinese Take-Out). I got into the spirit of the thing and realized the future is going to be similar to the past in that I remember watching TV with my parents and siblings and eating TV Dinners while watching Alfred Hitchcock Presents, but now everyone is just on a different and much more interactive page!

On G+, we recently had an intensely interesting thread. I soon realized I could not keep up! Fantastic ideas about the future of social business were flying by: the best of those in the know were sharing links that reminded me of the sharing at that dining table with a modern family except no one could possibly read all those links and maintain a coherent understanding of the conversation even though the ideas were so interesting that I realized I had to “capture” them as best I could and then get back to the discussion once I had time to digest the content.

The biggest surprise for me was that the word “social” is now being used in so many ways that it is getting difficult to––as Wikipedia would say––disambiguate.

Social Business And Profit Sharing
A social business would be defined by Wikipedia as one where everyone participates in whatever the business at hand and then receives equal parts of the profits. That social business could be a group as diverse as a poor community pooling their resources to create a profit stream for their mutual benefit––all the way to a very wealthy group deciding to join in a collaborative venture that will help them all achieve some socially valuable goal, while––at the same time––sharing any financial profits of their good works: that is, doing well by doing good. Hold that in mind while reading IBM’s ideas about “Social.”

IBM’s Vision of Social Business As Part of a Classic Business
In the link in the thread which began this intriguing discusssion, IBM had a terrific article not quite in synch with the above definition, essentially saying that social business is now de rigueur in ALL business and that it must be engaged and engaging, transparent and nimble, but that “social business” is still part of a classic business model. A good summary of their well-written White Paper is, “A Social Business enables its employees – and customers – to more easily find the information and expertise they seek. It helps groups of people bind together into communities of shared interest and coordinate their efforts to deliver better business results faster. It encourages, supports and takes advantage of innovation and idea creation and builds on the intelligence of the crowd.” ( [All quotations about IBM’s White Paper are from this link.]) It is important to re-emphasize that IBM is describing this as part of regular business (i.e., owners, etc., are going to be partaking of more than an equal share of the profits). In Social Business there will be a people-centric approach that relies on networks, social and real-time collaboration, mobility, but, finally, integration back into the classic business model. All of the above relies on relationships of trust: “At the same time, this trust must be balanced with an appropriate level of governance or discipline that sets the parameters of appropriate actions. This is a very delicate balance and one with which some companies struggle.” That is, one would indeed expect “struggle” where “sharing” and “trust” are going to be balanced with unequal amounts of profit! The possibilities for misunderstanding and misuse (by untrustworthy people) seem obvious to me.

Social Business Demands a New Approach to Business, Period
The IBM White Paper makes a point to make these obvious possibilities clear: “Becoming a Social Business is not simply a matter of deploying some collaboration tools and hoping for the best. It is a long-term strategic approach to shaping a business culture and is highly dependent on executive leadership and effective corporate strategy, including business processes, risk management, leadership development, financial controls and business analytics. Realizing the potential value of Social Business is predicated on an organization’s ability to recognize and design for this transformation.” In other words, businesses will have to change their profit structure to capture the profitability of social business. If it is business as usual plus social? It is just not going to work going forward.

What The Transformation Looks Like
The article ends with three ways Social Business can be transformative: it can “1) Deepen customer relationships, 2) Drive operational efficiencies, and 3) Optimize the workforce.” Fascinating to me, the problems that would arise by deepening customer relationships is immediately addressed, “Understanding the importance and knowing how to act on it are two different things.” Wow, is that hammering it home! I think anyone who has ever negotiated with a client would be able to immediately see the Social Business problems facing a for-profit company! One would love to deepen the relationship but how does one do that in a “trust” environment but still make more profit! One way of course is as old as the “Suggestion Box,” except these “suggestions” are now coming from clients in all sorts of online venues; and now are also actively researched by IBM (on Facebook, etc.) and taken into serious consideration. Obviously, this is changing the roles of managers who are going to be expected to be able to bring all these “suggestions” together to create solutions not just at the end of the product-line, but all the way through production.

My Take on IBM White Paper
This is definitely one of the best-written articles on integrating social media in business. What is most impressive is that the author(s) give a shout-out to all the problems that “social” is going to cause in a classic business model. It makes me excited to think about the future: my guess is that, just as the authors suggest, this will not be an easy transition, but the benefits are so clear that the paper ends with, “We predict the path to becoming a Social Business is inevitable.”

The Ideas Continue: Case in Point
One of the many reasons it was so difficult to stay “with” this thread is that the ideas were so intensely well worked out. Most of us are used to getting links to articles that are speculative but these links connected to the kind of information one usually has to attend two or three high-level conferences to attain.

When one reads that IBM’s clients were able to save hundreds of millions of dollars by paying attention to . . . their own people? That’s new. That changes the way people see business itself. A case study of one of IBM’s clients is instructive about how hard this transition will be for most traditional businesses: “We’ve learned many valuable lessons along our social business transformation journey. One of the biggest lessons learned was that social business transformation involves more changes to culture than technology. Remember that your employees are your most important asset. Shift your focus from documents, project plans and other temporary artifacts to the source of the energy, creativity and decision making that moves the business forward: people” (


What is the Business of Business?
I’m a philosophy and psychology teacher and these papers are bringing up the kind of issues that would be more likely to come up in discussions in my classroom, especially the focus on changing the corporate culture to a human-centric one. That we are reading about these ideas in IBM White Papers and Case Studies? That’s a sign that we are at the beginning of a sea change in our understanding of why we create businesses. Following is my favorite all-time quote is from Samual Johnson that sums up why we work: “To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition, the end to which all enterprise and labor tends.” If businesses plan to make everyone count, to collaborate and focus on increasing human capital, I think we’re going to be seeing a lot more happiness in our society at large. What do you think?
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Key points

* System blighted by short-termism

* Calls for end to quarterly company reporting

* Eyes loyalty-driven shares to counter short-termism
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Sustainable Capitalism

Via my old friend, +Peter Feltham .

Interesting points here:

"While we believe that capitalism is fundamentally superior to any other system for organising economic activity, it is also clear that some of the ways in which it is now practised do not incorporate sufficient regard for its impact on people, society and the planet," Gore said.

At a briefing ahead of Thursday's launch, David Blood said capitalism has been blighted with short-termism and an obsession with instant investment results, which had ramped up market volatility, widened the gap between rich and poor and deflected attention from the deepening climate crisis.

More interesting. David Blood is a former CEO from Goldman Sachs.
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The beauty of community in action!
#Glia member, +jane mizrahi , in a Google Plussers helping Google Plussers initiative!
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Grand Opening!

Are you stressed out? Looking for peer support, and in the context of something you can count on?

GroupsWork is starting weekly hang out support groups for this purpose.

The first group will be on managing stress and all that goes along with that...

The layout: The group will hold five or six people, plus me, Jane Mizrahi. We will hang out one time per week for one hour for (a minimum of) ten weeks. The idea for this is that through relationship, and with the support of a person trained in group work, healing occurs. If the group chooses, it can be an ongoing journey.

The cost is $10 per hour. ($5 for Googlers in need for two member's spots). Payment in advance for ten week commitment. The meeting time is flexible and tbd. To start I will run one group in the day and one in the evening.

Interested Googlers, please contact me by email and then we will talk to determine if GroupsWork is a good fit for you.

I look forward to this journey.
It takes a Group!
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Organizations of the Future?

"Benefit corporations are a new kind of corporation legally required to: 1) have a corporate purpose to create a material positive impact on society and the environment; 2) expand fiduciary duty to require consideration of the interests of workers, community and the environment; and 3) publicly report annually on its overall social and environmental performance using a comprehensive, credible, independent, and transparent third party standard. Traditional corporate law requires corporations to prioritize the financial interests of shareholders over the interests of workers, communities, and the environment."

Sounds like it to me!

H/t to +Pam Adger
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