How I got myself into a network organisation

This article provides a personal account of the experience of discovering and approaching a community. "Actions arise from a vast network of talented individuals. No one asks for permission. There is no chain of command. There is not a centralised decision making process (or worse, a centralised decision maker). It all happens by proposing and seducing, if the idea has value it will gather traction and it will become a project.

Designing Positive Platforms


In classical organizations, business-owners and entrepreneurs carry the risk. However,
in the gig economy, contributors carry part of that risk by assuming a degree of liability for the services they offer through the platform, but they are seldom given the right to make decisions about the platform. To tackle this issue, a positive platform should offer its contributors the authority to make decisions about their working conditions and the right to organize themselves collectively.

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Research by Ana Manzanedo and Alicia Trepat on behalf of the Institute for the Future

Cut the bullshit: organizations with no hierarchy don’t exist


I often wonder whether I am reading correctly: Organizations with no hierarchy at all, with real live people in them? I feel like there has been a misunderstanding here. I might be wrong, but from my 5 year experience of being a member of the distributed organization OuiShare, my conclusion is: there is no such thing.

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Francesca Pick, March 2016