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The Quest for Meaning in Public Choice

A distinctive slice of Elinor Ostrom’s  work. A roadmap for future cooperative economics. At the wonderful Cooperative Commons.  h/t Howard Rheingold.

Planning

Another thing that is clear, you can’t untangle knotty social discourses using a GANTT Chart. Project planning fails for deliberation, negotiation. Concentrated valuation sequences — they don’t work in a world of project planning that doesn’t allow things to go backwards.

In deals, things go backward all the time.

Get multi-stakeholder processes out of email and out of the structured project planning process.

Matching New Media To Democratic Practice

 

The Kettering foundation has developed a detailed and vital study of how cooperative solutions can be generated in the new media knowledge space in which we operate.

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Social Entrepreneurship

An important component of what we are doing falls in the domain of having an impact on social entrepreneurship and how it’s modeled and extended. More. To. Come

How to Create a Group Mind | 100 Trillion Connections

A healthy mind welcomes and thrives on diversity of opinions, including contradictory ones. ~Duncan Work

How to Create a Group Mind | 100 Trillion Connections.

Thinking, Planning, and Acting

At its core, E-Nact! is a platform to accelerate and humanize multi-stakeholder thinking, planning, and action. Its design enables participants to step back from the swirl of day-to-day concerns and slow the process of consideration down so that their thought processes can rise to the meet the challenges and complex dynamics inherent in multi-party processes. Consciously choosing a safe place to think, consider, ponder, and explore, with the attendant capacity to express and delineate those thoughts is, we think, a unique design point.

We assert that successful group planning processes require an up-front investment in alignment — of language and the background of understanding, as well as of the sense of relatedness shared among the parties. Too often, the prevailing mindset of competition and confrontation becomes the mechanism that groups employ as the background for their interactions. This is not a fault, but merely a default. E-Nact! brings the unexamined approaches to light such that participants have the opportunity adopt a new mindset and new mechanisms for expressing and balancing interests, and doing so in a way that opens new possible horizons for solution that would not have been otherwise explored.

Action is intrinsic to E-Nact!’s design. Fundamentally, its purpose is to orient participants to follow through on the commitments they make as part of the process such that accomplishment of the intended outcomes is assured. E-Nact! introduces a literacy of action orientation that situates participants in state of balance and ease with regard to the outcomes from the process.

Strengthening and Building

All the conventional wisdom with start ups these days regards failure. Fail fast, fail often, but learn, incorporate the feedback from the failure. And strengthen and build. Rinse, Repeat. Kind of like that.

E-Nact! has taken on a life of its own as an complex organism. It’s coming together-developing-falling back some time, but action and focus are present.