Working on the ResponsiveOrg White Paper

We at ResponsiveOrg Finland are really enthusiastic about the ethos of the ResponsiveOrg manifesto but the thing we’ve been missing from it is a bit of concrete examples and practices that organizations might adopt to assist in the shift from the Industial Era to the Connected Era. Thus we have taken the task of expanding the manifesto with them and some additional background to better communicate to stakeholders what ResponsiveOrg actually is. You’re welcome to join in!

To date we have organized relevant information on Kumu:

We’ve also drafted a first version of an outline for the white paper.


The outline is as follows:

1 Introduction — Evolving World Views

1.1 Assumptions that affect how we organize
Industrial Era
Information Era 
Connected Era

1.2 World views
Connected, ever-changing world
Certainty-uncertainty 
Tension in manifesto: Predictable-Unpredictable

1.3 Trends
Humanity
Technology
Complexity 
Systems thinking — The power of AND

1.4 Collaboration Technologies
Social Technology
Collective Intelligence
Platform Economy
APIs

2 Idea of Man

Tension in manifesto: Controlling-Empowering

2.1 What motivates us as people?

Douglas McGregor: Theory X & Theory Y
Deci & Ryan: Self-determination theory (autonomy, relatedness, competence)

2.2 Humanity in organizations

Diversity 
Participation
Employee Engagement
Culture 
Evolutionary Purpose

3 Responding to Change

Tension in manifesto: Planning-Experimentation

3.1 How fast can we learn?

Timescale — 5 years vs. 1 week 
Feedback loops (internal-external)

Example: yearly budgeting & beyond budgeting

Examples of learning forward:
Lean Startup 
Lean 
Agile 
Design Thinking

4 Organizing Principles

Tension in Manifesto: Hierarchies-Networks

4.1 Adaptive Structures

Networks: 
Open 
Technology-enabled 
Adaptive 
Organic

Social Technology
Movements
Network Theory
Organizational/Social Network Analysis

4.2 Adaptive Collaboration Practices

Examples:
Self-Management
Agile people
Management 3.0
Sociocracy/holacracy

5 Expansive Purpose

Tension in manifesto: Profit-Purpose 
That we’re changing to: Organizational purpose-Global purpose

Organizational purpose = focus on what the organization does and why it does it? Services or products.
Global purpose = what is it that the organization wants to impact itself and with partnerships?

From Input-Output to Outcomes-Impact

Collective Intelligence

6 Information Flow

Tension in manifesto: Privacy-Transparency 
That we’re changing to: Restricting information-Sharing information

Examples:
Maker movement
Open source

7 Outro — A Responsive Society

Ad hoc purposeful organizing 
Dynamic resource sharing in and between organizations
Shared governance (commons)


We’re looking to make the White Paper about 10 pages long and have yet to lock the outline nor determine who might be in charge of writing each chapter. Do let us know if you have any ideas for improvement or wish to collaborate!


http://responsiveorg.fi

ResponsiveOrg Finland invites you to explore and promote practices by which teams and organizations can be better at responsiveness to changes, people, futures and operating as a network.

Join in:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ResponsiveOrgFI/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ResponsiveOrgFI
WWW: http://responsiveorg.fi

Contact:

@mikaelseppala
@OKFFI