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here's your latest newsletter on Platforms – a curated list of links brought to you by the Platform Design Toolkit Team.

Overcoming the Narrative of Convenience Platforms
Key steps to a new Ecology of Platforms

A few weeks ago, on February the 25th, we had the pleasure to co-host a community webinar with David Munir Nabti and Bilal Ghalib from Pitchworthy called “New Business Models for a New World of Business”.

The webinar is part of Pitchworthy’s ASFARI challenge for social innovation supporting entrepreneurs — many of whom live in conflict or post-conflict zones in the Middle-east and North Africa — to access education opportunities related to entrepreneurship and lifelong learning.

During the webinar, we zoomed into the idea of how platforms shaped within the context of technology-enabled, globalized, western culture produce universal models and ideals that are often neither socially desirable nor relevant to many locally bound contexts.
LAST WEEK to grab your ticket for the Online-Live 2-Day Platform Design Toolkit Masterclass!
The First Research Update from the 2020 White Paper
A Compass to Explore the Future of Platforms & Ecosystems
Read the first research update on the research plan for our 2020 White Paper. The research updates are thought of as conversation starters and hints of where we’re currently focusing our energy. 
Our curated list of the best reads, videos, and podcasts to inform and transform your understanding 👇
🗞️ Reads
UNMISSABLE  - The Coronavirus Will Be the Defining Event of Our Generation ↴
Right after the Corona-aftermaths, Messari released a high-level initial analysis of what the pandemic outbreak and the overall systemic unpreparedness will likely mean for supply chains, finance and startups. Alongside this, we also suggest an early Situational Assessment by Jordan Hall.
MUST-READ Coronavirus: Synchronous Failure and Systemic Rebound 
Continuing with sobering but informative reflections, in this long-read, the independent journalist Nafeez Ahmed explores the possibilities for a systemic rebound after and through the COVID-19 pandemics. It might too early to see the light at the end of the tunnnel.
When Strategy Just Gets More Real  ↴
An interesting take on how strategy and its role is changing rapidly in times when the landscape changes in unforeseeable ways. Multiplying experiments and sense-making efforts can be humbling for a culture of strategy traditionally made of bold statements. "Life can be scary for those charged with marshalling a company when everything seems to be in a state of flux."
Shopify: An Infinite Amount Of Land ↴
If you're wondering a way to assess the compounded value of platforms, here's a pretty interesting analysis from SeekingAlpha of Shopify as an investment. Indeed, it will need to be reconsidered in light of COVID-19, yet worth mentioning.
Technological Revolutions and the Governance Gap ↴
A nice entry-level read from Tim Kastelle on technological evolution and the inevitable gap in tech governance and management. Worth mentioning as this is an often poorly understood loop even in those corporate and public institutions that should be dealing at their core of technological evolution.
Zero Trust Information   ↴
In this outstanding piece on Stratechery, Ben Thompson applies the approach to Zero Trust Network architecture to the politics and ecology of online information, highlighting why this matters more than ever before. A wonderful addendum to our curation on the War on Sensemaking.
All our coaching and facilitation programs for organizations and teams are always available both in presence or remote and that our roadmap of releases will also bring you an alternative, online-based intense training equivalent to our 3-Day Bootcamp for certified facilitators during the second quarter.
🎙️  Podcasts
Liminal Order: the Edges of Chaos ↴
In this very rich and dense conversation, John Robb and Jack Murphy exchange broadly on the frame of COVID-19 outbreak and how network-wide collective sensing is key to understand the complex unfolding of our times. They explore how the era of ever-expanding connectivity is dead. Not for the faint-hearted!
A Search for Everything ↴
This week on The Exponent, Ben Thompson and James Allworth contrast U.S. and China’s response to the coronavirus, and the choices facing society about how to handle information. This podcast echoes Ben's last piece on Zero Trust Information.
📼 Videos
Network Society: a video primer ↴
The folks at Systems Innovation crafted this wonderful primer about the shape and dynamics of network societies that emerged around information and knowledge exchange and how hyperconnectivity is reshaping all areas of our life.
Sensemaking the Coronavirus ↴
Following the aftermath of the C19 pandemic, the folks at Rebel Wisdom gathered a few minds to invite a first sensemaking session on the unfolding of this meta-crisis. Worth watching as they also interview Tomas Pueyo, author of the viral post Coronavirus: Why You Must Act Now.
Have you noticed that we launched a whitepaper project? We want to explore the new foundations of platform thinking in the 21st Century. As we ramp up our efforts to engage deeply our community in the development of the White Paper content, we want to pick your brain for some initial considerations on technologies and techno-social shifts, and key case studies and people!
>> Send your thoughts here!<<

Play with Platforms: Platform Design Toolkit
Enjoy Platform Design Toolkit 2.2, grown on several years of experience with startups, corporations, and institutions of all kinds. 
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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