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Fostering a collaboration culture

One of the most insightful and helpful blogs about organisational change is provided by the Australian consulting firm Anecdote. In a recent post Shawn Callahan highlights the need for a collaboration culture and the role of leaders.  read more »

Organising without organisations: maybe

Clay Shirly book jacketClay Shirkey's new book Here Comes Everybody is about "the power of organising without organisations". In it he says that Web 2.0 changes everything:

Everywhere you look, groups of people are coming together to share with one another, work together, or take some kind of public action. For the first time in history, we have tools that truly allow for this.
In the same way the printing press amplified the individual mind and the telephone amplified two-way conversation, now a host of new tools, from instant messages and mobile phones to weblogs and wikis, amplify group communication. And because we are natively good at working in groups, this amplification of group effort will change more than business models: it will change society.

On the other hand I found some scepticism about adoption of new tools among Circuit Riders at their recent conference as I noted earlier. I've now posted video from the conference sessions in which Circuit Riders talk about whether the tools for change are available - and whether they have the skills to use them.

There's a video of Clay speaking recently here, and you can see him in person at the RSA on March 18.

Re-thinking organisations as networks

Ncs08Covermd-1I originally published this at at Designing for Civil Society. The ideas seem so central to this project I thought worth having on this site for reference.

Michael Gilbert launches the first edition of The Journal of Networks and Civil Society with a suitably provocative article on The End of the Organization?

In this he ponders whether the growth of internet-based communications means our traditional ways of organising for social good will change dramatically.
Michael's argument is that nonprofit organisations are in large part set up to fit in with past and current ways of raising funds, meeting government regulations, employing people, organising volunteers. We then end up with a hierarchical system of trustees and staff.  read more »

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Growing an organisation over a Soho pub

If you want to create a new organisation it can take a long time to get the core group together, raise funds, recruit staff, get premises .... old style. New style ... just start prototyping what you want to do in the upstairs room of the Coach and Horses.

It helps if those involved are social media types, and you can get them together through Facebook, blogs, Twitter and so on. However, I think that the approach that Lloyd Davis is taking may have some general lessons. More on my blog here, or just listen to Lloyd's explanation.

It's the people who matter

Steve Dale - who blogs at Dissident - is highly experienced in the field of social media and online communities. He's clearly feeling some frustration with people who think that just installing the right tool or improving their site will help communication flow. In It's not the (social networking) technology - it's the people that matter he writes:  read more »

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