P’s in a pod: Purpose, Proximity & Product — the journey of the Golden Pandas

Summary

Where we came from

Assumptions & Intentions

*Livelihood Pod — a lightweight definition

What we did

Timeline

Outcomes

What we learned

Cohesion

Learning: make sure your livelihood pod is at a minimum a) co-located or b) working on the same stuff. Both is best.

Flexibility has a price

Learning: if you have remote members, maintain a consistent meeting time that isn’t up for negotiation. If someone really needs to be skipping around time zones, organise travel so it doesn’t interrupt the meeting rhythm or, take a leave of absence from the pod while travelling.

Critical Mass

Learning: Ensure you have a critical mass of people, energy and money to keep the pod healthy. If the critical mass changes then take action (recruitment or pod disbandment / readjustment) quickly.

Company Admin

Learning: Make one person responsible for accounting, admin and operations and either rotate the role around the pod or better yet, hire Optimi to do it for you ;)

We loved our rhythms

Learning: Spend time together and make it fun. It is a privilege to work closely with your friends so make the most of it.

Where we’re going

What we are hoping to learn

Enspiral Tales

Stories from a bold experiment - creating a collaborative network that helps people do meaningful work.

Susan Basterfield

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Catalyst and Convenor. Experiments in new ways of working and being for everyone. Up for work that matters with people who care.

Enspiral Tales

Stories from a bold experiment - creating a collaborative network that helps people do meaningful work.