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1 ©2001, Chaordic Commons Six Lenses More Information Here Data

2 ©2001, Chaordic Commons 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 ©2001, Chaordic Commons Globalization Transformative technologies Control of wealth and power Social and demographic shifts Ecological constraints Transforming … Cultures and Economies

4 ©2001, Chaordic Commons Limiting centralized command-and-control Fostering innovation and creativity at all levels Adapting new information and communications technologies Creating open, flexible structures for activity and governance Transforming … Organizations and Institutions

5 ©2001, Chaordic Commons Supporting diversity and search for meaning in work Integrating financial, intellectual, social and natural capital Enabling fluid webs of collaboration and competition Transforming concepts of leadership Transforming … Organizations and Institutions

6 ©2001, Chaordic Commons Meaning and identity Relationship and diversity Contribution and creativity Equity and acknowledgment Transforming … People and Relationships

7 ©2001, Chaordic Commons Global scope and responsibility Growing interconnectedness Evolving technological prowess Extraordinary need and unprecedented opportunity Emerging stories Transforming … All Aspects of Human Life

8 ©2001, Chaordic Commons Patterns That Connect Complexity sciences Organizational learning Political philosophy and economic theory Ecology and living systems Consciousness research Evolving business models New technological systems Community development Grassroots social movements

9 ©2001, Chaordic Commons An Evolving Whole Self-organizing and self- regulating Interconnected and interdependent Participatory Open to and productive of novelty and diversity Harmonious blend of competition and cooperation Continually evolving The cosmos at all scales is …

10 ©2001, Chaordic Commons 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 Living systems thrive in a narrow band between chaos and order … CHAORD (kay-ord) ORDER CHAOS CONTROL

12 A Chaord Is Any organism, organization or system that is: Self-organizing Self-governing Adaptive Nonlinear Complex “Chaordic” means characterized by the fundamental organizing principles of nature and evolution. CHAORD

13 ©2001, Chaordic Commons 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.

14 ©2001, Chaordic Commons Chaordic Initiatives Multi-Stakeholder Networks Strategic business alliances Cross-sector initiatives Social movements Community transformation Organizational Initiatives For profit corporations Nongovernmental organizations

15 P ARTICIPANTS C ONSTITUTION O RG. C ONCEPT P RINCIPLES P RACTICES P URPOSE ©2001, The Chaordic Commons Six Lenses into Organization

16 PRACTICE CONSTITUTION PARTICIPANTS Chaordic Design Process ©2001 Chaordic Commons PRINCIPLES PURPOSE ORG. CONCEPT Chaordic Design Process: Six Lenses on Organization

17 PURPOSE A clear, commonly understood statement of that which identifies and binds the community together as worthy of pursuit. Purpose ©2001 Chaordic Commons The one community (commonality) encompassing many.

18 PRINCIPLES Clear, commonly understood statements of how Participants will conduct themselves in pursuit of Purpose. Principles ©2001 Chaordic Commons PURPOSE Commitment to right relationship.

19 PRINCIPLES PARTICIPANTS The members of the community necessary to its effective initiation and continuance – all relevant and affected parties. Participants ©2001 Chaordic Commons PURPOSE The many communities participating in one.

20 PARTICIPANTS ORG. CONCEPT Organizational Concept ©2001 Chaordic Commons PURPOSE PRINCIPLES Characterization of Participant relationships that all can trust to be just, equitable and effective in achieving the Purpose in accord with the Principles. Images of organization – patterns and scales of connection.

21 CONSTITUTION PARTICIPANTS Constitution ©2001 Chaordic Commons PURPOSE PRINCIPLES ORG. CONCEPT Codification of Concept specifying rights, obligations and relationships of Participants, giving rise to the organization as a legal entity. Adaptive, binding agreements.

22 PRACTICES CONSTITUTION PURPOSE PARTICIPANTS Practices ©2001 Chaordic Commons PRINCIPLES ORGANIZATIONAL CONCEPT Activities, products and services through which Participants pursue the organization’s Purpose and create value. Life, work, and service.

23 PRACTICE CONSTITUTION PARTICIPANTS An Iterative, Interdependent Process ©2001 Chaordic Commons PRINCIPLES PURPOSE ORG. CONCEPT

24 P ARTICIPANTS C ONSTITUTION O RG. C ONCEPT P RINCIPLES P RACTICES P URPOSE ©2001, The Chaordic Commons Six Lenses into Organization

25 ©2001, The Chaordic Commons PARTICIPANTS CONSTITUTION ORG. CONCEPT PRACTICES PRINCIPLES PURPOSE Right relationships Many communities within one Adaptive agreement Life in action Fractals, scale, and patterns of connection What is deeply meaningful

26 Deep Commonalities (One Right Answer) A Fertile Starting Point (Many Right Answers) Expanding Possibilities (Infinite Right Answers) ©2001, The Chaordic Commons PARTICIPANTS CONSTITUTION ORG. CONCEPT PRACTICES PRINCIPLES PURPOSE

27 PARTICIPANTS CONSTITUTION ORG. CONCEPT PRACTICES PRINCIPLES PURPOSE Community Organization ©2001, The Chaordic Commons Diversity Commonality Formality Dynamism

28 PARTICIPANTS CONSTITUTION ORG. CONCEPT PRACTICES PRINCIPLES PURPOSE ©2001, The Chaordic Commons Deeply personal Deeply common Universal nature Unique starting point AND…

29 Bonding (One right answer) Enabling (Many right answers) Expression of Creativity (Infinite right answers) ©2001, The Chaordic Commons, Jack Ring, OM PARTICIPANTS CONSTITUTION ORG. CONCEPT PRACTICES PRINCIPLES PURPOSE Source of Creativity

30 ©2001, The Chaordic Commons Process is iterative and interdependent. Team members are stewards. Probe assumptions with rigor and respect. Gently push for radically new perspectives. Seek balance among creative tensions. Recognize what is “good enough for now.” Be comfortable with conflict, frustration, ambiguity and confusion – and excitement, inspiration and fun. Process Notes

31 ©2001, Chaordic Commons Ideal Conditions for Success Strong sense of need (or crisis) Perceived opportunity, aspiration and vision Leaders and champions Appropriate project design Dedicated, diverse working groups Broad communication and engagement Resources Interplay of design and practice Will to succeed, grace to compromise


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