sheri at speakeasy.net
Thu Jan 25 16:32:42 PST 2007
it's great to see organizational structures being a topic - new models that are not top down and hierarchical but are looking at decentralized and worker owned as well as those which try to create environments where everyone's gifts get to be counted and the whole system is taken into account.
the esrad guide is interesting and comprehensive. i hadn't seen it before. it looks pretty in depth for large organizations and maybe also those with a manufacturing base. they use the mondragon cooperative example which i remember looking into with chris burnett from imc-la when we were first looking at network/federation models (for indymedia principles of unity).
another basic model of organizing is the chaordic commons which can be scaled up or down and is always a good starting point.
Many leading scientists believe that the principal science of the next century will be the study of complex, autocatalytic, self-organizing, non-linear, adaptive systems, usually referred to as "complexity" or "chaos theory." They believe that such systems, perhaps even life itself, arise and thrive on the edge of chaos with just enough order to give them pattern, but not so much to slow their adaptation and learning.
re howtopedia article:
there's been some interesting things raised here on this list which might also be worth sharing in the comments section of worldchangin.
> http://www.open-organizations.org/ (seems to be down :( )
> And Open Plans has already been mentioned here:
> Personally I really like this guide:
> "A manual for the diagnosis and design of organisational structures to
> enable social economy enterprises and function with increased efficiency
> without compromising democratic principles"
> On 25/01/07, magius <gmagius at gmail.com> wrote:
> > 2007/1/25, William Thake <wmthake at burntmail.com>:
> > > "How to" manuals already exist on the web.
> > > This is nothing new. Even collaborative "how to" manuals exist on the
> > web. I
> > > think these kinds of things can be useful, and are one aspect of what
> > > potential the internet has.
> > But not for all the fields of interest for activists ;-)
> > I.e. for me could be useful to have an "how to" build a collective.
> > What kind of decision system adopt. Have some pros and cons of
> > methods. And soon. THIS kind of howtopedia I would see on alt.indy
> > ;-)))
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