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.
The term “strategic planning” conjures up images of suits in conference rooms diagramming the path to world domination on whiteboards. All too often, strategic planning is an activity reserved for the organizational elite—executives aided by consultants. The top dogs think up all the big ideas—and the “troops” execute the plan.
Not so for one organization.
Last year, the Wikimedia Foundation, a 50-person non-profit supporting Wikipedia and related projects, turned the conventional approach to setting strategy on its head . Against a backdrop of slowing Wikipedia contributions and a declining number of active editors, the foundation turned where it has always turned for answers: to its worldwide community of volunteer “Wikimedians.”
A few weeks ago, the Wikimedia Foundation unveiled the final version of its new strategic plan (you can download it yourself here ). While the vision described within it is compelling, the unique process used to craft that vision contains powerful lessons for leaders and organizations of all types.
Summoning an army of volunteers
In total, more than 1,000 people contributed to the Wikimedia strategic planning project, writing nearly that many proposals to meet the...
One of my first tasks? I’ll be leading the Hackathon Pilot, an experiment in open collaboration we hope will help shape the future of the MIX and lead to genuine progress when it comes to crafting the “source code” for Management 2.0.
Earlier this week, we announced the winners in another great M-Prize contest ( congratulations, Lisa, Joris, and Doug !), the HCI Human Capital M-Prize. The M-Prizes continue to be a compelling channel for contributing ideas and stories to the MIX (MIXers added almost 100 new hacks and stories as part of the Human Capital contest, and have added just as many for the ongoing MBA M-Prize ). The MIX will be announcing some new M-Prizes this spring, so keep your eyes out.
Meanwhile, with the Hackathon Pilot, we aim to prototype another approach to contributing to the future of management-- one that supports collective work over individual contribution. The MIX team is putting together all sorts of mechanisms for enabling this sort of work, in part inspired by feedback and...