Blog: How do we become more adaptive and generative in a world where disruption is the new normal?
How does an organization become more adaptive and generative in a world where disruption is the new normal? How do we make good and wise decisions? How is value created? Before we tackle these questions—maybe we first need to rethink and redefine what an organization is, and what value is.
Imagine a new type of organization that creates value and operates radically different from what most of us are used to today. What does it look like? And where would you start — technology or human behavior? How about both?
I’m currently exploring this area. I think three distinctly different areas need to be integrated into one whole, where human wisdom and state of the art technology operates as one integrated system. There are embryos in all three areas as of now but few, if any, real world examples of integrated wholes. (Please share your gems if you have any.)
So this might be a tough cookie to grasp, I know. Let’s dive in.
I imagine an ecosystem consisting of, in lack of a better term, “Next-Gen Organizations” that are purpose-driven and operating from a win-win mindset. They are effective decision-making systems where collective intelligence, artificial intelligence and distributed ledger technologies (also called “blockchain”) come together to form a holistic, integrated and adaptive whole that is in touch with and responds to needs both within and outside the organization.
The way to think about this is by visualising an ecosystem rather than individual actors with clearly defined “borders”.
First, given the right conditions, more people are better at making good and wise decisions rather than few people. Therefore, collective intelligence is at the heart. Say good bye to old formal hierarchies and say hello to collaborative self-organization, growth mindset and a deliberately developmental philosophy that allows everyone to grow up and show up fully. There are great examples of this operating system, some I’ve had the privilege to work with.
Second, the next-gen organization is algorithmic. Humans and AI systems collaborating by gathering, prioritizing and making sense of data, making decisions, learning and evolving the decision making processes. Neural networks help the organization to improve this process over time. It’s not AI vs. humans, it’s both. This is a heavy area and I’m just now beginning to understand the gist of it.
Third, the organization runs as an open source system on top of a distributed ledger system allowing scalability and immutability, even outside its own “borders”. This, even more so than the two points above, clearly redefines what an organization can be. Exchange of information and decisions are securely stored and transparent on the ledger. This facilitates collaboration within the organization and together with stakeholders. Not one entity owns and hoards the data. No more silos. The best example to date is probably the DAO (decentralized autonomous organization). I also have my eyes on a few third-gen ledger tech candidates I think make the cut.
These next-gen organizations operate as integrated wholes, ”Superminds” as phrased by MIT, where humanity and technology come together to create value (however they choose to define that), whilst also solving some of the biggest and most urgent problems of our time. An ecosystem of purpose-driven organizations where those who choose to collaborate from a win-win mindset will outcompete those who are stuck in win-lose. Collaboration wins over competition.
I think this has the potential to become the mother of all disruptions. And since the tools are already available, there’s really no excuse but to start building this, preferably yesterday. This is not so much an organization of the future, but more an organization of our time. It’s already here in parts, it just needs to be manifested.
I consider this a conversation starter and would love your input. Feel free to contribute with your wisdom and perspectives. Thank you!