Our People (2nd P)

People. We put them only behind the Purpose. And before everything else.

Time to get strong and energized. Remember, you do what others will not.
Be a yardstick of quality. Set an environment where excellence is expected.
“There is no such thing as impossible, it’s just a matter of figuring out how.” — Haruhiko Tanahashi

Who We Hire

We hire people who are smart and quick and who have conviction.

We hire people who want to challenge the status quo and who have the courage and the tenacity to back it up.

We hire self-thinkers and self-managers.

We hire designers, urban planners, engineers, economists, storytellers.

We keep our teams small and smart.

We treat people well.

We are the Strike Force in the world of slums. That’s our role in this world. Our aim is to create a genuinely new paradigm for slums in this century.

Teams execute well because they love working together.

Training Ourselves

Your First Tasks

  • Finish the list of the Learning Plan to catch up to speed on the issue and our mindset
  • Visit 10 slums on 2 continents, live there for two weeks
  • Listen to all Y-Combinator Series on How to Start a Startup
  • Be trained by IDEO in design thinking

Your Plan

  • Ask to be paired with your Utopia Guide (long termer)
  • Put together your one-page 100 Day execution plan
  • Verbalize your commitments to the team, keep them short and sweet

Who and What Influences Our Thinking

How the World Works. Peter Thiel (Zero to One), Steven Johnson (Emergence), Alex Steffen (Designing for People Who Don’t Yet Exist)

The Near New Future. Peter Diamandis (Abundance, Bold, blog, newsletter, podcast)

Our Place in the Universe. Carl Sagan (Wanderers, Pale Blue Dot, The Most Astounding Fact, The Sagan Series)

Our Time and Place. Big History Project

The Overview Effect. Short Documentary

Other. Some of the most interesting eyes in the world today

Get To Know Slums

Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Arrival City
Radical Cities
Triumph of the City

Get To Know Us

The Future of Cities (World Economic Forum video interview)
Imagining a New Kind of Slum (World Economic Forum video interview)
China’s Migrating Assets (BON TV video interview)
Design, Inclusion, and Half-Assed Leftovers (Thinking in Practice article)
Smart Cities Are Inclusive Cities (World Economic Forum article)
Why Migrants Are Our Cities’ Untapped Potential (World Economic Forum article)


Coming soon.

Place and Rhythm

Teams. Organize yourselves in small smart teams of 5 to get things done quickly.
Shift desks every six months.
Meeting Tables. Most of these should be standup-only tables.
Office Environment. Clean, uncluttered, white, natural light, open, pockets of privacy (free up space for creativity).

Everything Else

  • Who we Be is as important as what we Do.
  • Leadership is not a position, it’s a behavior.
  • It’s up to you to manage your career path, we will support you.
  • We don’t want to manage you, we want to simply lead you.
  • Our first priority is to make meaning, not money.
  • Some of the most important skills today are agility, continuous education, meditation, pattern identification

We are a Flatarchy Organization

Organize ourselves in circles (regional, levels, projects)
Information and ideas flow all ways
The manager sets the direction, pace, and tone and then serves the employee

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