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.