Archive for January 2018

Enterprise Ecology

The Economy as a Living System Earth teems with life. The collective DNA of the planet weighs 50 billion tons and contains 50 trillion trillion trillion base pairs. It would fill a billion shipping containers. Life has evolved over eons as organisms found a foothold and adapted to changing conditions. It is estimated there are…

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The Social Operating System

Programming Complex Systems M. C. Escher was famous for his art, where foreground becomes background and background becomes foreground, alternately attracting our attention. His drawings change what we see by playing with perspective, We generally see things rather than the spaces between them. But it is in the interactions between things that higher systems emerge.…

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Visualizing Collaboration

Creating Shared Intentions The Strategy Roadmap is a way of visualizing strategy that clarifies the purpose of a community or organization. Using this approach, I’ve had the opportunity to work with organizations in all sectors on some of their most daunting challenges. It continues to be amazing — even after 15 years of practicing this…

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Intention Deficit Disorder

The Half-Life of Intention We are surrounded by failed intentions — like fallen leaves, torn and wind-blown. Organizations can’t stay focused, and it feels like the half-life of intention is about three months. I have come to think of this as ‘intention deficit disorder.’ Never mind the bravado at the start. Only half of the…

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Where Are Your Stories?

Edward Chamberlin described a meeting between government officials and First Nation elders in British Columbia, Canada. The government claimed possession of land where aboriginals had lived for countless generations. “If this is your land,” an elder asked, “where are your stories?” Chamberlin – professor of literature at the University of Toronto and a researcher on…

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