Solving the grand challenges that face humanity in the 21st century is likely to require bringing together extraordinary people to solve “wicked problems”. But while extreme talent is often associated with extreme achievement, it’s easy for organisations to be less than the sum of their parts.
This group looks at the problem of “organising genius” through the lens of organisations and networks across a wide range of domains who have succeeded in aggregating the efforts of exceptional individuals to achieve remarkable collective output. These organisations are responsible for some of humanity’s most striking achievements, from the moon landings to the establishment of the US constitution.
Questions we'll explore together:
* What can we learn from these organisations?
* What are their origins?
* How did they attract and organise talent?
* What do they have in common?
* How do they vary across time and domains?
* What causes these organisations to fail or decline in prominence?
The case studies introduced to members prior to each event will be primarily focused on groups with a common goal or purpose over a single period of extreme achievement, rather than looking at longevity itself as an achievement (e.g. They do not look at universities or elite military units that have remained pre-eminent for decades or centuries).
* The group will meet six times over the course of 3 months.
* Your facilitator and organizer, Billy Bicket will convene the group and ensure members have access to some reading materials prior to each event.
* Each event will be a mix of focused discussion on the case study with time for beverages and socializing.
Session 1 - Introduction: The challenge of organising genius (February, 2020)