2 Birth of the Chaordic Age We live in an era of unprecedented challenge and unparalleled opportunity.Every aspect of our societies, organizations and personal experience is undergoing profound transformation.What will it take to realize the dreams we all harbor for fulfilling lives, creative work, healthy communities and a sustainable relationship with the Earth?
3 Transforming … Cultures and Economies GlobalizationTransformative technologiesControl of wealth and powerSocial and demographic shiftsEcological constraints
4 Transforming … Organizations and Institutions Limiting centralized command-and-controlFostering innovation and creativity at all levelsAdapting new information and communications technologiesCreating open, flexible structures for activity and governance
5 Transforming … Organizations and Institutions Supporting diversity and search for meaning in workIntegrating financial, intellectual, social and natural capitalEnabling fluid webs of collaboration and competitionTransforming concepts of leadership
6 Transforming … People and Relationships Meaning and identityRelationship and diversityContribution and creativityEquity and acknowledgment
7 Transforming … All Aspects of Human Life Global scope and responsibilityGrowing interconnectednessEvolving technological prowessExtraordinary need and unprecedented opportunityEmerging stories
8 Patterns That Connect Complexity sciences Organizational learning Political philosophy and economic theoryEcology and living systemsConsciousness researchEvolving business modelsNew technological systemsCommunity developmentGrassroots social movements
9 An Evolving Whole The cosmos at all scales is … Self-organizing and self-regulatingInterconnected and interdependentParticipatoryOpen to and productive of novelty and diversityHarmonious blend of competition and cooperationContinually evolving
10 What If Our Organizations Were… Self-organizing and self-governing in whole and part.Designed to foster maximum autonomy while enabling coordination and coherence at every scale to the global.Able to thrive amid diversity, complexity and change.Compatible with the human spirit and biosphere.
11 chaos and order … CHAORD (kay-ord) Living systems thrive in a narrow band betweenchaos and order …CHAORD (kay-ord)ORDERCHAOSCONTROL
12 A Chaord Is Any organism, organization or system that is: Self-organizingSelf-governingAdaptiveNonlinearComplex“Chaordic” means characterized by the fundamental organizing principles of nature and evolution.CHAORD
13 Chaordic Organizations Enduring in purpose and principle.Powered from the periphery, unified from the core.Exist to enable constituent parts.Equitably distribute power, rights, responsibilities and rewards.Fluid webs of cooperation and competition.Cannot be managed, can only be led.Compatible with the human spirit and biosphere.
31 Ideal Conditions for Success Strong sense of need (or crisis)Perceived opportunity, aspiration and visionLeaders and championsAppropriate project designDedicated, diverse working groupsBroad communication and engagementResourcesInterplay of design and practiceWill to succeed, grace to compromise
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