“A swarm organization is a decentralized, collaborative effort of volunteers that looks like a hierarchical, traditional organization from the outside. It is built by a small core of people that construct a scaffolding of go-to-people, enabling a large number of volunteers to cooperate on a common goal in quantities of people not possible before the internet was available.
Working with swam requires you to do a lot of things completely opposite from what you learn at an achetypical business school. You need to release the control of your brand and its messages. You need to delegate authority to the point where anybody can make almost any decision for the entire organization. You need to accept and embrace that people in the organization will do exactly as they please, and they only way to lead is to inspire them to want to go where you want the organization as a whole to go.” from the book Swarmwise by Rick Falkvinger (2013)
What would organizations (autonomous or human) designed to follow Life’s Principle’s be like?
Applying Biomimicry to Digital Transformations will enable distributed scaling of change, while allowing for innovation and adaptability to be designed into the change. The ultimate goal is to establish the principles for vitality and anti-fragility into the essence of the organization, enabling it to develop adaptive and regenerative capabilities.
Requirements for living systems
“This hypothesis, of a basic conflict between life (syntropy) and the environment (entropy), leads to the conclusion that living systems need to satisfy 3 vital conditions:
1.acquire syntropy from the microcosm;
2. combat the dissipative effects of entropy;
3. solve the conflict between entropy and syntropy. ” (Vital Needs Theory)
“Bio means “life”.
The ultimate goal of good design is to enable life.
Biomimicry Design applies three key elements: Ethos, Re-Connect and Emulate”
What would a world designed to follow Life’s Principle’s be like?
What would organizational change designed to follow Life’s Principles be like?
Here are the design principles to enable life – from the Biomimicry Institute.
“The report, Great Minds Don’t Think Alike: Artists as Innovators in Business, Government and Society, defines Artist Innovators as artists who work outside the studio, the theater and the concert hall bringing their distinctive talents and skills into business, government and the social sector.”
“Resilience thinking is about anticipating, adapting, learning and transforming human actions in light of the unprecedented challenges of our increasingly turbulent world.” (Watanabe, 2011)
Strengthsbuilder™ is a nimble, human-centric and solutions oriented approach to digital transformations. Based on the science of peak performance, Strengthsbuilder™ accelerates change by defining, building and embedding positive leadership and organizational practices and cultures to thrive in the distributed future of the economy. Benefits include positive customer and employee experiences, adaptive mindset and increase in the speed and capacity of new technology adoption and utilization.
Functional fitness for adaptive organizations are similar to human functional fitness
- the ability to start and stop in a nimble way (agile)
- open to diverse ideas, new ways of work and value creation (flexible)
- a core essence that creates a sense of presence and support (stability)
- able to stay in motion (mobility)