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Dear community,
Welcome back! ...to another fortnightly newsletter by Boundaryless.
This week we share with you a long-form article that picks up on a lot of reflections we had the chance to build up recently as we continue to work to develop new organizational development frameworks (the 3EO) aimed at helping our adopters align their organizational structures to the challenges and opportunities emerging on the market that we normally help them design for with our business model innovation tools in the Platform Design Toolkit.

In this article, we argue that the 3EO form of organization which - as our loyal readers and members of our community know - is based on small teams, shared services and widespread adoption of contracting has the potential to overturn the bureaucratic drive towards control and scale and reduce the harm that top-down, universalizing ideas of value, can potentially produce.
 
More in detail, in the post we:
  • recap on the key traits of such an emerging entrepreneurial, ecosystemic organizing pattern across different spaces, from corporate management, to venture building to DevOps;
  • explain how this constitutes a polarity with traditional top-down bureaucratic governance;
  • cover how the space enabled by the maturation of blockchain technologies supporting many-to-many contracting and governance can complement the patterns emerging from more traditional organizational settings;
  • quickly explain the different dimensions of skin in the game that are achievable through self-management, collective governance, profit sharing, and equity access;
  • finally reflect on how such new organizational affordances - if coupled with a restructuring of what is salient to entrepreneurs in the face of ecological, social, and industrial supply chain breakdown - can possibly favor the consolidation of a post-bureaucratic, post-industrial enterprising landscape that is more contextual to communities and landscapes, more pluralistic and thus conducive to a more convivial economy of care.
Read our blogpost here:

Contracts and the Future of the Firm
How ubiquitous contracting can speed up the crisis of the Industrial Age Bureaucracies
Series 3 is coming up, have you caught up?
Did you catch up with the post where we frame the upcoming season 3 of the Boundaryless Conversations Poscast? Shortly upcoming guests include:  >> Read the post <<
>> Subscribe for the upcoming episodes here  <<
Join our upcoming trainings on Rendanheyi and the 3EO
On October 21st, we will be starting the last Rendanheyi Masterclass of 20201. Take the opportunity to obtain the certification by the Haier Model Institute and learn all the basics of this revolutionary model of organizing!

> Book your seat with 25% discount <
If you don't fancy a live course, note that on November 8th, we will launch the last 3EO cohort-based Rendanheyi Masterclass of 2021 a facilitated training lasting 2 months! Learn and get certified at your own pace:
 
And now enjoy our ...
PLATFORMS & ECOSYSTEMS 

KEY READS & MORE 
Our curated list of the best reads, videos, and podcasts to inform and transform your understanding 👇
🗞️ Reads
THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE ISSUE
Not only do orchestrators thrive in ecosystems ↴
 
A great post by Martin Reeves and others at BCG on thriving in ecosystems also as a participant. Our feeling is that our framing at Boundaryless which is based on niche players, aggregators (product, extensions platforms, and marketplaces), and infrastructures may contribute to achieve some clarity of this abundance of roles and overlaps!
MIT Platforms Strategy Summit Report ↴
The MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy hosts a conference on Platform Strategy. This year's gems are mostly related to monopoly regulation and B2B platforms. Catch up with the 2021 MIT IDE Platform Strategy Summit!
Forrester is out with a new report ↴
 
The Forrester New Wave™: Marketplace Development Platforms, Q4 2021 gives an overview of the latest developments in the space. Mirakl (whose US CEO Adrian Nussembaum we interviewed during the second series of our podcast) is identified as the leader.
One core emerging point, as the space consolidates, is the lack of coverage of complex services marketplaces, a topic we also discussed with Adrian at the time of our chat. For those interested in the topic also our interview with Sharetribe's Juho Makkonen can be relevant.
Ethereum and an economy with a future  ↴
Interesting rumblings from Vinay Gupta, CEO of Mattereum as he explains why Ethereum is suited to become the ledger where the world could host an anonymous, and programmable digital twins ecosystem to make society able to track its impacts and act accordingly.
Peter Evans on the "Digital Hand" ↴
 
Former podcast and webinar guest Peter Evans reflects on the challenges of recasting the "inverted firm" (a concept coined by Geoff Parker) in the age of platforms and what it means for leaders. The convergence between markets and the firm is well undergone as our followers know very well.
... see our videos and podcast suggestions below 
🎙️  Podcasts & Videos
We're wrapping our heads around kicking off the third season of the Boundaryless Conversations Podcast, in the meanwhile check out these recommendations:
Inside Salesforce story and leadership 
This podcast by Patrick O'Shaughnessy and the team at Colossus recounts the incredibly relevant Salesforce story and how its leadership spurred a wealth of pioneering ideas to become a leading SaaS company using cloud-based solutions.  A masterpiece.
An insightful class on constraints and innovation 
"You cannot innovate using context-free constraints alone": a tremendous video where complexity studies legend Alicia Juarrero explains how innovation emerges only from context-sensitive constraints. 
Looking at cities from a different perspective ↴
We enjoyed this conversation with DeepDive podcast host Phil McKenzie interviewing Shannon Mattern on her latest work on cities.

The title of her latest book is: "The City is not a Computer".
Unpacking Modular Blockchains ↴
Watch this video brought to you by the team at Bankless to know more about Modular Blockchains. This technology is becoming more pervasive, bringing to light solutions awaiting to become mainstream. A great conversation.
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Highlights on this release:
  • an updated Transaction Board canvas, now more explicitly helping you to work on reducing transaction costs in interactions;
  • an updated User Guide (2.2);
  • the possibility to instantiate a virtual board for online collaboration, thanks to our partnership with Miro, a leading online collaboration software worldwide.
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