The world has become one giant network where instantly accessible and shareable information rewrites the future as quickly as it can be understood. Fueled by relentless technological innovation, this accelerating connectivity has created an ever increasing rate of change. As a result, the future is becoming increasingly difficult to predict.
Meanwhile, most organizations still rely on a way of working designed over 100 years ago for the challenges and opportunities of the industrial age. Team structures support routine and static jobs. Siloed, command and control systems enable senior leadership to drive efficiency and predictability at the expense of free information flow, rapid learning, and adaptability.
The tension between organizations optimized for predictability and the unpredictable world they inhabit has reached a breaking point.
Organizations are struggling to keep up with their customers. Workers caught between dissatisfied customers and uninspiring leaders are becoming disillusioned and disengaged. Executives caught between discontented investors and disruptive competitors are struggling to find a path forward. And people who want a better world for themselves and their communities are looking to new ambitious organizations to shape our collective future.
We need a new way.
There are many movements popping up at the moment. One of the most in-depth analysis can be found in the book Reinventing Organizations (http://www.reinventingorganizations.com/) by Frederic Laloux. The Manifesto of the Reponsive Organization (http://www.responsive.org/manifesto) is spreading fast. This Meetup is intended for people who would like to share, develop and put in practice this new way.