Creating the Source Code for the Organization of the Future
What happens when you get a bunch of ambitious, talented, values-driven people together in a vibrant coworking space and empower them to think big about positive impact? They start things that change things. That’s the story of Enspiral in a nutshell.
Wellington, NZ-based Enspiral is a network of professionals and social enterprises driven by a desire to change the world—and to make progress on making all organizations fundamentally more human, more inclusive, and more collaborative.
This 21st-century collective also happens to be a vibrant laboratory for inventing a new model of organizing, managing and leading. One by one, Enspiral’s hacker-entrepreneurs are taking on each core organizational process—from decision-making, to budgeting, to setting direction—and disrupting it by throwing out the old, hierarchical, top-down way of doing things and coming up with new collaborative processes. What’s more, they’re intent on sharing those new approaches—source code for Organizations 2.0—with the rest of the world.
We spent a rousing hour unpacking Enspiral’s original approach to structuring and managing organizations, setting strategy, creating a culture of innovation and collaboration, and launching agile management experiments. Watch the Hangout video and learn from four of Enspiral's hacker-entrepreneurs:
Ben Knight is a co-founder of Loomio and has a research background in cognitive neuroscience and the evolution of collective intelligence, and a practical background in community coordination, social justice organizing, media and communications.
Joshua Vial is the founder of Enspiral, co-founder of Enspiral Craftworks, Dev Academy and Better Insights and a board member of Enspiral Foundation. He is an entrepreneur with a passion for business, technology and social change.
Meet the hacker-entrepreneurs from Enspiral—a vibrant laboratory for inventing new models of organizing, managing, and leading.
What if our organizations were as human as the human beings who work inside them? Heiko Fischer has been working at the frontlines of that question for years—first inside a range of organizations and now as the “Chief Resourceful Human” leading a movement to create “100% Democratic Entrepreneurship, 0% Bureaucracy” in every kind of organization. Watch this lively conversation about hacking HR and minimum dose management.
It’s the most universal and intractable challenge leaders in organizations of every stripe in every realm of endeavor face: how do you spread success? How do you take local victories—profound insights, clever inventions, powerful connections—and weave them into the broader fabric of an organization?
When it comes to building management and business models that are fit for the 21st century, one of the fundamental challenges is developing organizations that are capable of discovering, nurturing, aggregating, and appropriately rewarding contributions from employees, customers, suppliers, and other stakeholders across boundaries.