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What If Everything Ran Like the Internet?

Inspired post by Dave Pollard today on  the challenge of scale and the confusion of control.  Complicated systems require few connections in order to be manageable:

It is because business and government systems are wedded to the orthodoxy of hierarchy that as they become larger and larger (which such systems tend to do) they [...]

Dan Pallotta on why overhead matters in the non-profit sector

Dan Pallotta at a TED talk on why overhead matters in non-profits.

Here is the essence of the talk:


Non-profits exist to alleviate social problems for which there is no market. Working at the level of causes means needing to take work to scale. Going to scale means that we need to grow [...]

Numbers aren’t everything

It’s an old saw with me, but Dave Snowdon puts it very nicely and succinctly:

Numbers are good, but they are never the whole picture.  Its easy to focus on them, they give the comfort of apparent objectivity and used to support human judgement they have high utility.  The problem is when they replace [...]

What does it take to make real social innovation?

Very interesting little article from David Wilcox about the differences between social entrepreneurs and social innovators. Here is how he describes those differences, from a tactical perspective:


4 Differences Between Social Entrepreneurs & Social Innovators

Here are four reasons why social entrepreneurs are significantly different than nonprofit social innovators:

1. Two Worlds

Most [...]

What the new global middle class can do

Here is a case of getting seduced by the numbers and sucked into the wrong thinking.  This article is looking for interesting ways to measure the growth of the global middle class. It does a generally poor job of it.  The whole article is a bit of a dodge.  Using made up numbers to [...]

Gratitude for refugees

Yesterday I had the great pleasure of working with the tireless staffs of various Neighbourhood Houses in Vancouver.  Most of these people are involved in the work of Welcoming Comunities Initiatives, working with refugees and migrants to Vancouver.

Yesterday we were in some learning about engagement design using the chaordic stepping stones and the [...]

Meg Wheatley’s 12 principles for supporting healthy community

I’m a sucker for principles, because principles help us to design and do what is needed and help us to avoid bringing pre-packaged ideas and one-size-fits-all solutions to every problem.  And of course, I’m a sucker for my friend Meg Wheatley. Today, in our Art of Hosting workshop in central Illinois, Tenneson Woolf and [...]

We love you, take care

From Alex Kjerulf’s Friday Spoing.  Behaviour change at it’s best!

When our master metaphors fail us

Phil Cubeta hits a home run with a lament for what lies at our collective centre:

As you can tell, this post is not about venture philanthropists per se but about language. What saddens me is the impoverishment of our ways of talking about our shared lives in community with one another. To see the languages [...]

Leading from a platform of reverence

I am helping to design an interesting gathering in June of next year that will be part of a bigger initiative to shift the values conversation around sustainability.  It’s interesting for all kinds of reasons, not the least of which is the conscious invitation of indigenous peoples, social entreprenuers and leaders who are firmly [...]