The past two weeks felt particularly filled with deep conversations: hopefully, we'll be brave enough to share them soon with you. We’re just back from gathering together for a few days of internal reflection, trying to better understand what are we doing and why we’re doing it. To be in line with the retrospective vibe of the week we thought it was a good idea to look back at the first quarter, recapping some of the most important thoughts we shared.
We began the year with a note from the 35th Chaos Communication Congress where Eugenio attempted to capture the debate on the institutional failure of the present, bringing new questions around our responsibility and collective agency to fix systemic issues. In this age— willingly or not— everybody is designing institutions, so it’s better if we all start to feel entitled to imagine and build the 21st Century infrastructure.
Meanwhile, Simone’s invitation to deliver a speech at the annual opening meeting at Haier Group headquarter in Qingdao, China has been instrumental in setting up—in two installments (1,2)— a deeper effort in understanding the joint evolutionary nature of markets and organizations. Haier Group is certainly one of the companies leading the transformation towards Ecosystem-Organizations, with the RenDanHeyi as a model that merges management and strategy in a whole body of practices that have the aim to remove any artificial separation between the organization, its employees and the ecosystem they’re empowering. In that occasion, Simone had also the chance to met Work Future’s Stowe Boyd with whom he shared a few sweet reflections on “Gardening” Ecosystemic-Organizations.
In February we published a provocation to challenge the obsession on data we keep seeing in large organizations, like if data were a magic wand to solve a team’s limited understanding of the ecosystem’s context. Finding ways to de-fragment and break silos, and competition patterns are key to make strategies that can generate network effects.
Two weeks ago, in March, we invited ING platform champion and long term Platform Design Toolkit supporter Ron Kersic to interview Yolanda Martin Olivas (Farfetch's Director of Design, Service & Platform) on the struggles, failures, and success of engaging an entire organization throughout a platform transformation journey. A brilliant interview curated by Lucia that you don’t want to miss.