The Future of Platform-Ecosystem Thinking: A Sense-Making session
A one-day online event to collectively understand the emerging challenges and new possibilities of building scalable platform strategies and ecosystemic organizations for a rapidly changing world.
In this event, based on the research leading to our upcoming Whitepaper New Foundations of Platform-Ecosystem Thinking, you’ll gain key insights into the evolving landscape of organising and how to play the right role in the business ecosystems unfolding, while embracing governance and value-creation models that ensure whole-system development.
The event will be an opportunity to:
Get an overall framing in order to identify and understand the big shifts happening in the economy, in technology, in culture and in the risk landscape.
throught hands-on workshops
New, emerging techniques to design new strategies, and leverage on talent to develop entreprises that are deeply connected with their ecosystem.
in a premium session for Early Adopters Kit buyers
Map out the shifts and envision specific actions for you and your organization, setting your long term objectives and short term actions by zooming in and out.
Bill Fischer, Professor of Innovation Management at IMD Business School in Lausanne. Bill co-founded and co-directs the IMD program on Driving Strategic Innovation, in cooperation with the Sloan School of Management at MIT and also authors a regular column for Forbes.com entitled “The Ideas Business”.
In this Boundaryless Conversation we explore with Bill how incumbent organizations are likely to respond to pressures like plummeting transaction costs and the need to extend organizational models across boundaries, digging into the cultural, organizational and leadership resistance that this transformation may encounter. The ability to curate relationships among insiders and outsiders is key to organizational transformation that embraces platforms-ecosystems thinking.
We talk a lot about Haier Group in this conversation, a world-leading pioneer embracing a culture of entrepreneurship and ecosystem enablement. Haier’s revolutionary organizational model Rendanheyi is exemplar in three key aspects: i. it is part of the old economy rather than a lean startup; ii. It’s large in size, with over 80,000 employees; iii. It shows “unimaginable” persistence in the commitment to organisational transformation: it’s been doing it for 35 years.
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In our “checkpoint” conversation, we talk to Lisa Gansky about what we’ve been discovering so far in the research for the Whitepaper and get her valuable take focusing on the role of incumbents in adapting to a fast-changing world. She talks about the emerging space between the “no more” and “not yet”: an in-between space where most of the potential to re-invent organizing seems to lay, with many still unanswered questions in the “not yet” space, and with ecosystems appearing as the prime candidate driver of transformation for incumbents.
We also talk about the potential of “not yet” to build models that leverage on existing tools (e.g. DLTs, commons protocols), but which also uses a process of empathetic listening and are able to hold diversity and complexity. There is a fine dance here between finding global trans-cultural standards while respecting cultures that are inherently different from Western modernity.
From our podcast: Ecosystems: Between the "No more" and the "Not yet”.
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is really a great thinker when it comes to going beyond “corner shop size” social transformation initiatives to explore the next generation of institutions living at the edge between public, open and private.
In our boundaryless conversation, we explore what he thinks will happen to organising, institution-building and human potential, as we move beyond an information age towards an era where building capabilities for antifragile institutions is key. As bureaucratic failures in the Industrial and Information ages have been driven by near-zero transaction costs, where autonomous technological development has taken over human-led managerial processes, existing governance models are left with no capacity to “govern complexity”. Indy posits that we need a new human development thesis and institution-building mechanisms, which depart from the failure we’ve seen in the past decades and which gives us the capabilities to: deal with risk, be creative, be emotionally intelligent, be collaborative and to learn.
With Indy, we ponder on how the political landscape is going to see tension between dissent and consent. In our current macroeconomic thesis focussed around a labour market, we have created precariousness that uses dissent as an operating and power-shaping tool. Instead, new politics need to be able to create multitudes of conversations that can evolve towards building consent as the core operational engine.
From our podcast: Redrawing the Human Development thesis for the 21st Century.
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In our boundaryless conversation with Tomas, we explore the democratization of the production of goods, mainly through technological progress and open knowledge sharing, and how this might affect the evolution of platform-enabled ecosystem driven production. We ask Tomas — through the lens of this transformation — what new subjectivities and constituents are empowered to organize in ways that are different, whether synergistic or integrated, with current globalization and digitalization trends. Of course, we cannot avoid touching on the changing landscape of risk and policy-making, as we connect with Tomas in the midst of the global pandemic. We also talk about the future of education and the need to reconsider Western-centric values and ways of knowing.
Tomas invites us to look back on historical points of convergence and realise that we might be witnessing a new convergence around the access to knowledge, which started already before the coronavirus outbreak. This convergence drives the ability to become “fab citizen”, empowered to produce what we need when we need it, rather than resorting to consumerism of industrially produced goods. Because of the availability of digital fabrication, production can become democratized and localised anywhere at any time.
From our podcast: From Fab Cities to Fab Citizens: remaking organising.
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In our Boundaryless Conversation with John, we explore how the rapid power shifts we’re witnessing towards open source, and self-organizing networks are going to change the way we organize society and the economy. To build local resilience, local constituencies need to find ways to connect to the global system “on their own terms”, but still have enough local capacity to survive short- to medium-term disruptions.
We touched upon the fact that the emergent future of organizing may not disrupt or obsolete the existing markets, but rather coexist, such as Tribes, Institutions, Markets and Networks (like in David Ronfeld’s TIMN framework). There’s no way we can get away with ignoring the question concerning technology as society literally “becomes a technological artifact” as John said. The next frontier of this techno-social and entrepreneurial shift is likely the virtual reality space.
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In our boundaryless conversation with Michel Bauwens, we explore both the epistemological and political/regulatory layers of the transition from the “old” to the “new” ways of organising society. Michel ponders that we will see the emergence of trans-national institutions that connect local constituencies globally and virtually and which are able to protect planetary boundaries. He suggests that the political and regulatory space need stronger commons-based institutions and governance protocols, where the nation state becomes a “partner state” and you have a public commons protocol, like for example in the Bologna regulation for the care and regeneration of the urban commons in Italy.
We also talk about the fact that we’re moving towards a mutation of consciousness where Western countries are increasingly questioning modernity/progress paradigm, while many Asian countries still think they can get capitalism right in terms of the relationship modernity-nature. Nonetheless, the fact that we’re currently consuming five times our planetary resources to maintain the capitalist economic model might indicate that we’re moving towards a next “pulsation”, or regenerative reaction, to a period of unsustainable extraction.
From our podcast: Commons-based peer production at the edge of a chaotic transition.
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In our boundaryless conversation, we talked with Stowe Boyd about how platforms contribute to changing the relationship between consumers and producers. The conversation helped us understand what this means for re-shaping organizations, as firms optimize for a low transaction cost economy and allow “outsiders” in.
We also talked about fairness and the importance of distributed governance to be transparent and reliable, allowing the players in an ecosystem to operate without constantly “covering their backs”, and that enterprising should not be equated with capitalism, since entrepreneurial intent can vary.
From our podcast: Ecosystemic Organizations and the Future of Work.
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In our boundaryless conversion, we cover the concept of “Unenclosable carriers” and how new technologies that are more inherently contextual and agent-centric — instead of universal and global consensus-based — may open up new possibilities for coordination and organising, enabling governance through feedback loops.
According to Arthur little energy and time will need to be invested in incumbents and how they adapt to the transition: they will be inherently slow. Instead, energy should be put into figuring out the question of social coherence through the protocols that coordination through “Unenclosable carriers” enable.
Arthur pictures technological tools and consciousness develop in tandem, using the analogue of a ladder: one side of the ladder is consciousness - the story, the vision, the mythos, the ways that you think - and the other is the embodied practical physical tools.
From our podcast: Rewiring the technology to rewire the way we organise.
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In our boundaryless conversation, we talk with Ana about the changing relationship between brands and consumers, what role culture plays in this transformation, and how technology can help — but never fully replace — human interaction. Our conversation also included in-depth reflections about how brands are reacting to the current context of Covid-19 and about the increasing need for empathy and social responsibility in these turbulent times. Artificial Intelligence can help brands to understand their communities, but the last mile will always be human.
We also debated how status and consumption are decoupling, through a witnessed trend where peer pressure and social contagion reflects a broader behavioral change towards values focussed around lifestyle and sustainability choices. Niches “layered” on top of horizontal/globalized conversation allow people to have different niches and taste communities to express their aspirations.
From our podcast: Brands in Transition: The Sociology of Ecosystems.
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Making sense of the emerging space between the “No-more” and the “Not-yet”: a sweet spot for innovators and creators of new ways of organising and enterprising in the 21st Century…
… through four emerging key theses
Envisioning Organizational Evolutions
As a horizontal theme for the event, we’re going to explore how organizations everywhere – whether public, private or grassroot – adapt to the need to retool themselves to be able to organise in vertical, techno-powered, niche market innovations and keep at speed with a rapidly changing world.
We’re witnessing the rule of platforms, aggregation and ecosystemic thinking playing out inside the organization and not just outside: becoming entrepreneurial and ecosystem-enabling, letting people learn to become “CEOs of themselves” while transcending the idea of the organisation as self-centered, but part of a bigger whole.
“Next generation of organising is about contextually unique solutions to emerge and adapt based on a coherent whole”
— Dave Snowden
We’ll also dig deeper into other key theses emerging from the research:
Marketplace pervasiveness: the future of markets
We’ll look at the pervasiveness of the “marketplace” pattern as a dominating one in the organization of emerging market opportunities in consumer and B2B.
We will explore how — by reducing transaction costs and harnessing data — organizing markets digitally becomes a “no-brainer” in an increasingly big set of vertical and niche contexts.
Framing the systemic shift towards health
We’ll explore how the global risk landscape is leading to a power shift towards the households and communities, triggering a re-regionalisation of economies and societies. We see this as pointing to an organisations that becomes more entangled in the local context and ramps up its role in society, beyond shareholder interest and towards systemic health.
Redrawing the human development thesis
We’ll unpack how a new human development thesis is needed for organisations to provide places humans new ways to learn and to reflect. Offering opptunities to learn faster is the “holy grail” in ecosystemic organisations, calling a combination between humans’ ability to think counterfactually and with imagination, with optimising tasks through machine learning and other technologies.
An online, collaborative
Participants will join the event bringing their own experiences and questions related to the key insights presented in the opening sessions and through the research (check out the Whitepaper web page to catch up on the contents and process).
Each part of the event will help to build key strategic insights and gain new skills through different formats, starting with inspirational framing sessions followed by practical 1.5 hour workshops and ending in a 2-hour sense-making session reserved for the Early Adopters Kit buyers.
Breakout session organizers
Who is this event for?
Whether you are a corporate transformation leader, a designer, a strategist, policy-maker, or generally interested in transition, the event will help you make sense of recent trends in platform-ecosystems thinking together with fellow practitioners and thought leaders from around the world.
Here’s a first preview of the programme – we’ll continuously add more details as we build the programme and special guests join in! If you sign up to the event, you’ll get key updates by email.
- 12:00 – 12:20 PM
Get the first framing of the event by the event co-hosts.
- Simone Cicero, Lisa Gansky and Bill Fischer
- 12:20 – 12:40 PM
Reflecting on the verticalization of market-networks and the impact of transformative technologies and risk factors
- Simone Cicero
- 12:45 – 2:45 PM
Framing sessions with our special guests will provide deep-dives into specific topics
A fishbowl session will allow participants to jump into the conversation at the end
- 12:45 PM
Reshaping our organizations and society in the process: brands, organizational shapes and common infrastructures
- Ana Andjelic & Stowe Boyd
Moderator: Bill Fischer
- 1:05 PM
Decentralising governance and production: the promise of technological evolutions
- Arthur Brock & Tomas Diez
Moderator: Simone Cicero
- 1:30 PM
Drawing a new Human Development path in the Entrepreneurial age
- Indy Johar & Robyn Scott (tbc)
Moderator: Bill Fischer
- 1:50 PM
Evolutionary frictions: Localism vs Globalism and the quest towards a healthier and more resilient society
- John Robb & Michel Bauwens
Moderator: Lisa Gansky
- 2:10 PM
Speakers and participants extend the conversation through a virtual fishbowl
- 2:45 – 3:15 PM
Enjoy an active break to mingle with speakers and attendees
- 3:15 – 3:50 PM
FRAME – Retrospective:
Visualizing the debate and our open questions
- Simone Cicero, Lisa Gansky & Bill Fischer
- 3:50 – 4:00 PM
DISCOVER – Breakout session pitches:
Last chance to pick the break-out session and find the right room and facilitator. Pre-booking your spot for breakout sessions will happen through the sign-up process for the event.
- 4:00 – 5:30 PM
- Breakout Rooms
DISCOVER – Breakout sessions:
Hands-on workshops to explore new, emerging techniques to design new strategies, and leverage on talent to develop enterprises that are deeply connected with their ecosystem.
#StayTuned as we add more sessions to the programme and sign up to the event to get reservation details.
DISCOVER #1: Ecosystem engagement: Turning excitement into action
- Kate Beecroft, Partner Greaterthan, Enspiral Member
- Francesca Pick, Partner Greaterthan, Ouishare & Enspiral Member
Are you a platform or community organization and don't know how to turn the enthusiasm from your members into valuable action? Are you clear on the reasons that people show up? How does governance enable or inhibit people's involvement? In this participatory session, we will investigate the key questions and areas you need to address to create sustained and valuable community engagement. You'll learn from Kate and Francesca's extensive experience as facilitators of participatory online formats in a variety of contexts – from the cryptospace, to business networks, to grassroots communities – and be able to bring in your own cases and questions.
DISCOVER #2 – Beyond Platformization: Navigating key ecosystem intentions and their impact on success
- David Kish, Ecosystem Advisor, Tata Consultancy Services
- Danielle Stanko, Ecosystem and Blockchain Consultant, Tata Consultancy Services
In this session, Danielle and David and session participants will prototype a new tool for platform shapers that enables them to align on preliminary intentions around four key elements that impact the success of an ecosystem (value chain transformation, community empowerment, purpose, and business model/governance). More details here.
DISCOVER #3 – Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO): Learning a decentralized decision-making approach
- Renzo D'Andrea, Service Designer & Ecosystem Researcher, Change the River
- Jeff Emmett, Token Engineering Researcher, Commons Stack
In this session, Renzo and Jeff will join in with the audience and experience collaborative governance principles to understand distributed platforms for systemic impact. Read a background piece here.
- 5:30 – 5:50 PM
Wrap-down and last announcements
- 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Early Adopters Session
Whitepaper Early Adopters will get access to this special session, where they can get their hands on the first pre-release drafts of some new key sense-making tools and maps.
These tools are designed to help organizations take strategic choices on the short term, and reset their objectives in the long term, in light of the axes of transformation emerging from the research: identifying emerging markets, transforming the orgainizational shape and processes accordingly, finding new ways to leverage on the human capabilities.
(Get your early adopter access by clicking here)
To reserve your spot for the event, please fill in your details below. We’ll be in touch with further information in the weeks leading up to the event.
When submitting, you’ll be asked whether you want to buy the Early Adopters’ kit to support our research and give you exclusive access to the Early Adopters' session. If you already have it, still sign up for the open sessions and wait for the special invite!