I am the Community Guide for the MIX. One of my key tasks is looking for people who are passionate about reinventing management, both here on the MIX and elsewhere. If this is you, and you'd like to get more involved in the MIX effort, reach out to me and let me know!
I am also President and Partner at a company called New Kind. We started this company, after spending almost a decade helping build the open source technology company Red Hat, to figure out what would happen if you took the concepts that made the open source way a great way to build better software faster and used them in ANY company to build better ANYTHING faster.
Our company is named New Kind for a reason. When people ask us what we do, we embrace all the normal labels--strategy, design, branding, communications. But we'd call ourselves community catalysts, if we thought anyone would find that meaningful besides us. Actually we call ourselves that anyway. So there.
In February of this year we asked a group of MIXers who have made key contributions over the past few years to join us in our first ever Hack the MIX hackathon. Over the course of a month, we collaboratively developed a set of almost 100 ideas for how to make the MIX even better than it is today. As usual, we were amazed by the depth, breadth, cleverness, and sheer passion our community produced.
It seems that every day on the Web we discover a new solution to a problem. Whether it’s a new online resource that helps us manage our finances or an online community that has organized to share information and address an issue, the Web is incredibly effective and offers endless inspiration.
And yet it seems that in our organizations, management is stuck in a state of 1.0—where bureaucratic command-and-control models make it hard for us to keep up with competition and the pace of change.
Why can’t management be as effective and inspiring as the Web? Or our organizations be as adaptive?
Over the last seven months, Jonathan Opp and I have had a chance to address those questions firsthand with a team of volunteer hackers through the Management 2.0 Hackathon.
The Management 2.0 Hackathon was designed to deeply explore a simple idea: How can we apply the principles of the Web—which is already adaptable, innovative, and inspiring—and use them to reinvent management for the future?
The hackathon is a hands-on, collaborative effort focused on generating fresh and practical answers to one of today's critical challenges: creating organizations that are fit for the 21st century. Our work is deeply inspired by the Web—one of the most adaptable, innovative, and inspiring things humans have ever created.
In our latest hackathon sprint, which ended a few days ago, the group generated more than 65 "mini hacks." A mini hack is essentially the beginnings of a hack like those that you see here on the MIX . Our goal for this sprint was to generate as many innovative hack ideas as we could quickly. Then we'd each review the full list of contributions and choose which of them we wanted to collaboratively develop into full, "shovel-ready" hacks that could be added to the MIX and eventually implemented within real organizations (if you'd like to learn more about what makes a great management hack, consider...
Over the past few months, I've been joined by 600+ members of the MIX community from around the world in the Management 2.0 Hackathon . The hackathon is a hands-on, collaborative effort focused on generating fresh and practical answers to one of today's critical challenges: creating organizations that are fit for the 21st century.
Our inspiration? The Web—one of the most adaptable, innovative, and inspiring things humans have ever created.
"Thanks to the Web, we can imagine organizations that are large but not bureaucratic, that are focused but not myopic, that are specialized but not balkanized, that are efficient but not inflexible and, best of all, that are disciplined but not disempowering. Without doubt, we have cause to be hopeful. If we can find ways of transplanting the Internet’s DNA into our organizations—the interwoven values of transparency, collaboration, meritocracy, openness, community and self-determination—we may have the chance, at last, to overcome the design limits of Management 1.0. [In the Management 2.0 Hackathon], we are seeking to generate innovative ideas that illustrate how the principles and tools of...
-- A few weeks ago, we kicked off the Hackathon Pilot, an experiment enabling passionate MIXers to collaboratively "write the chapter" on how to enable communities of passion within our organizations (learn more about the pilot here and here ). During Sprint #2, our pilot team was tasked with defining what a community of passion is and how exactly you might enable one. This is the third of three posts where pilot members synthesize the ideas from Sprint #2. Today's synthesis post comes from Alyson Huntington-Jones . --
Defining a Community of Passion by Alyson Huntington-Jones
What is a community of passion and what does it mean to enable one? Defining an answer should be an easy enough exercise one may think, but the sheer diversity of ideas generated during the Hackathon Pilot Sprint #2 belies any such notion.
However, after much work, I arrived at the following definitions:
A community of passion is a unified group of individuals who regularly interact in a common area or location and share a strong liking, desire for or devotion to some activity, interest,...