[OSList] Summer research project idea: 'self organisation'

John Baxter via OSList oslist at lists.openspacetech.org
Fri Nov 28 20:11:01 PST 2014

Thanks for the steer Patricia, I will look into self advocacy.

I hope I can produce something by the end of summer that would be very
useful for challenges like yours with org management!  (And mean me not
writing this all out by hand)

Some of the loose ends I have collected so far that might be relevant
(though they might also be rabbit holes)...

Some of the general concepts:
- 'agile' management... in fact there is agile or lean *everything* these
days... and Kaizen
and other concepts from software and manufacturing
- 'adaptive' leadership, management and everything else
- generative organisation

More specific models:
- Holocracy governance model (TEDx video of main concept
solid review in context of governance practices
- Swarmwise
tactical manual for operating a Pirate Party (as per Sweden)
- Collective Impact
(it's not specifically for organisations, but yes it is a model for
governance-without-control, this has lots of good articles

And relevant for 'how to be a manager'
- Harrison's *Wave Rider* (obviously)
- Peter Block's *Stewardship*

Interested to hear what references and ideas you find most useful Patricia.


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On Fri, Nov 28, 2014 at 2:31 AM, Patricia Haines <levelgreen2010 at gmail.com>

> I like this idea. There's an important movement among and for adults with
> developmental disabilities called "self advocacy". This is self-organizing
> on individual, group and organizational levels.
> I'm also interested in how OS and self-organization can play out in
> non-profit management. I'm reorganizing the Level Green Board, want to
> operate on OS principles. Any thoughts along such lines?
> Patricia Gooding (aka Haines)
> Level Green Institute: fostering just & sustainable community through
> education and the arts, in the democratic spirit of the Grundtvigian Folk
> School
> On Nov 26, 2014, at 8:25 PM, John Baxter via OSList <
> oslist at lists.openspacetech.org> wrote:
> Hello facilitators of self organisation
> Let's take a moment to consider self organisation, as 'field' or
> 'practice'.
> I am scoping a summer project at the moment (in the southern hemisphere!).
> I have been reading and learning all I can about self org.  There is less
> than I expected at the heart of self org practice, but much more than I
> realised in intersecting fields (e.g. in governance, democracy, community
> organising, management, change, systems...).  There are also unanswered Qs
> about what 'self org' *is* (indeed, if it is anything at all).
> It might be worthwhile formalising this, through a focused research
> project, and sharing the results in a report or the like.
> Possible focus questions that come to mind for me are
> - what does someone need to know to say "I do self organisation"?
> - what would someone need to know to be an 'expert' in self org?
> Would appreciate your perspective, as a practitioner-facilitator-fellow
> wave rider:
> What (if anything) do you think deserves to be done?
> Who should be involved in doing it?
> ​Thank you for contributing to the quest!
> *John Baxter*
> *Cocreation Consultant & ​Co​Create Adelaide Facilitator*
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> 0405 447 829
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