Wirearchy and the opposite of patriarchy

In one of those stereotypical “I wasn’t thinking of anything and it just popped into my head” moments, the phrase “the opposite to patriarchy is … fraternity” and Jon Husband’s concept of wirearchy came together and presented themselves to my conscious mind.

The next adventure (take 2)

The story of my life (courtesy The Neo-Generalist, p. 237): When you derive energy from the acquisition of knowledge and combinatory play, too much time spent doing the same thing can have an entropic effect. If your objective is to effect transformations, once that has been achieved it is the moment to move on to […]

Digital Wiggle Room « Simon Terry

Many of the key practices and approaches that enable the transformation of organisation receive pushback from managers initially because they don’t fit into a traditional management mindset of task efficiency. … Employees will often push back on new digital practices like collaboration, design thinking, agile and experimentation.  If you are busy, the returns of this […]

Coherence through shared abstraction – Cognitive Edge

Scaling in a complex system is fractal, or self similar in nature. In effect we decompose to an optimal level of granularity then allow coupling and recouping of the granules to create new patterns all of which have a self-similar relationship to each other. One of the things we are doing with our adaptation of […]

Service design: Isn’t it just UX with a different name? | GDS design notes

Service design is getting more and more attention in government at the moment, but many people still don’t understand what it is. The most common question I hear – from people both inside and outside government – is: “Isn’t that just UX (user experience) design?” Let’s be clear: service design and UX design are not […]

Transcript: Alain de Botton — A School of Life for Atheists

“Similarly, atheists have amazing moments under the stars as well when atheists look up and see the galaxies and contemplate the sheer nothingness, puniness of humans in the cosmos. It’s just how we choose to interpret it. We don’t leap to a supernatural conclusion. So when I look at the cosmos, I’m not forced to […]

Top-Down Management Structures Are Crumbling– How Will You Adapt?

“While it would be nice if everyone handled freedom the same way, that’s not a realistic expectation. After switching to an autonomous structure, Buffer learned the hard way that freedom without leadership can be harmful.” Source: Top-Down Management Structures Are Crumbling– How Will You Adapt?