What do these have in common?
A car company built around a global community as an organisation, enabled by combining flex manufacturing techniques, open source platforms, open legal frameworks and social communication technologies premised upon cooperation, fuelled by the desire to be a great company and green; that can build cars five times faster at 100 times less the capital costs.
A crisis management platform and organisation born out of the Kenyan post-election crisis of 2008 that can record critical information of events unfolding on the ground via a blend of location-based data, eyewitness accounts and mobile telephony, from often hard to reach places which visualises those unfolding events so that others can act and direct action at internet speeds. And now utilised for free in many parts of the world.
Or, the largest organic dairy farm in Britain, that has evolved a methodology that allows it to remain autonomous, profitable and sustainable in a market that is acutely volatile, because large-scale agricultural farming is mostly run on an oil-based economy, plus dairy farmers are at the calculating mercy of the marketing needs and whimsies of large chain supermarkets.
A new social / organisational / economic model
They are collectively representative of a new reality of living, working and organising. These organisations or companies have quested to find a means to serve humanity better, to search for meaning in the work that they and others do, and offer up new viable alternatives for the ways that these things were done in the past. They seek an outcome that is transformative: distributing wealth, ideas and resources more widely. But why is that important?
Because we have arrived at the edge of the adaptive range of our industrial world. At the edge, because that world, our world, is being overwhelmed by a trilemma of social, organisational and economic complexity. We are in transit from a linear world to a non-linear one. Non-linear because it is for all of us socially, organisationally and economically ambiguous, confusing and concussive. Consequently we are faced with an increasingly pressing and urgent problem, WHAT COMES NEXT? And we are therefore presented with a design challenge: HOW do we create better societies, more able organisations and more vibrant and equitable economies relevant to the world we live in today?
No Straight Lines
presents a new logic and inspiring plea for a more human-centric world that argues we now have the possibility to truly transform our world, to be more resilient, to be more relevant both personally and collectively, socially cohesive, sustainable, economically vibrant and humane, through the tools, capabilities, language and processes at our fingertips.http://www.no-straight-lines.com/
No Straight Lines by Alan Moore is avaliable in paperback and Kindle on Amazon in the UK and US.