I’ve been working my way through this tome for a few weeks and have had a number of conversations around it. It’s by far the most valuable piece of work I’ve ever encountered on organizational design — and for me a critical model in ventures that are on the venturing frontier (early concept stage and/or … Continue reading Higlights from “Heart of Enterprise” — the Viable System Model
Late last fall I had the opportunity to conduct an intensive review of the Vartana initiative on behalf of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation. Vartana was an initiative to create a chartable bank in Canada dedicated to serving the voluntary sector. It held the promise of changing the availability of capital for the sector and … Continue reading Lessons in systemic entrepreneurship. The time is now.
Here’s my first crack at the Micro-Funds concept. It’s related to the Social Venture Commons and Social Capital work I’ve been developing. They are all based on the new mode of organizing I see emerging. *** I’ve also added an illustration of 3 alternative models that have emerged in recent conversations. They are all interesting … Continue reading Micro-funds: Peer-producing Venture Capital (UPDATE 1)
*** SESSION WIKI NOW LIVE *** Those who know me know that this is a persistent theme with me – and now provoked by @josephdee – maybe it’s time to take this into a more focused conversation with a few more folks. Premise: The way of the world is borked. The web (among other things) … Continue reading The convo I’d like to have: w + ppo + d >> our future
Building on my previous posts about the Social Venture Commons here’s a draft overview of what’s been brewing. This venture is one part of my trio to support the ventures working from the new mode of organizing I see emerging. The two other pieces are the micro-funds (presentation coming soon) which is a modified version … Continue reading The Social Venture Commons: Primer Presentation
So what does ‘open’ mean for ‘venturing’ and venturing on ‘the frontiers’. From some prior definitions, venturing is process of creating and evolving a venture, where a venture is an agreement among people to do things in service of a purpose and according to a set of values. More simply it’s about the process of … Continue reading The influence of open in venturing.
Coming out of this first inquiry I’m left with new definitions for venture, venturing, and venturer and also a simplistic grouping that the process of venturing essentially requires agreement, action, and governance. It is important to note that these are a set of observations and interpretations that will continue to be evolved in practice. As … Continue reading Giddy-up: getting better on the frontier.