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Boundaryless Conversations Podcast, an ongoing exploration on the future of Platforms & Ecosystems: in these conversations we make sense of what’s next.
Here we explore new perspectives about how we organise at scale in a rapidly changing world.

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Boundaryless Conversations Podcast, an ongoing exploration on the future of Platforms & Ecosystems: in these conversations we make sense of what’s next.
Here we explore new perspectives about how we organise at scale in a rapidly changing world.

    S2 Ep.16 Jabe Bloom – Platforming inside and between organizations: differentiation, scale, and scope

    S2 Ep.16 Jabe Bloom – Platforming inside and between organizations: differentiation, scale, and scope

    Today’s guest is Jabe Bloom, in conversation with Simone and Emanuele Quintarelli, Boundaryless’ EEEO Micro Enterprise Lead. 
     
    With Jabe, we look into how, increasingly in an age of technologically powered organizations, thriving means the ability to enable “the three economies” of differentiation, scale and scope at the same time. The key question is: what’s the role of platforms and ecosystems in this shift? 
     
    During the chat we explore topics such as managing organizational commons, ensuring continuity between the organization and its ecosystem, decentralizing information, sympoietic versus autopoietic systems, maneuver warfare theory, cosmopolitan localism, the role of social practice and methodologies in institutional innovation and so much more. We focus on the interplay between these trends and organizational development.
     
    Jabe Bloom is part of Red Hat’s Global Transformation Office, where he services as a senior director. He has been working to explore the complex interactions between design, innovation, development, and operational excellence in organizations for more than 20 years. Jabe is currently writing his dissertation in pursuit of a Ph.D. in Design Studies at Carnegie Mellon University (PA) – his research focuses on the field of Transition Design and informs an ongoing exploration of the practice of design and strategy with a select group of international clients. 
     
    Tune in to this informative conversation as we learn more about Jabe’s research, and his theories on organisational design and platform thinking. 
     
    Remember that you can always find transcripts and key highlights of the episode on our Medium publication: https://platformdesigntoolkit.com/Podcast-S2E16-Jabe-Bloom 
     
     
    To find out more about Jabe’s work:
     
    > Website: http://blog.jabebloom.com/ 
    > Twitter: https://twitter.com/cyetain  
    > Red Hat: https://www.redhat.com/en 
     
    Other references and mentions:
     
    > Herbert Simon:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herbert_A._Simon 
    > Paul Lawrence and Jay Lorsch, Organization and Environment: Managing Differentiation and Integration, 1968: https://www.amazon.com/Organization-Environment-Managing-Differentiation-Integration/dp/0875841295  
    > Bruno Latour: http://www.bruno-latour.fr/index-2.html
    > Elinor Ostrom: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elinor_Ostrom 
    Find out more about the show and the research at Boundaryless at www.platformdesigntoolkit.com/podcast
     
    Thanks for the ad-hoc music to Liosound / Walter Mobilio. Find his portfolio here: www.platformdesigntoolkit.com/music
     
    Recorded on 9 April 2021.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    S2 Ep. 15 Archna Haylock and Steve Helvie – Open Ecosystem Strategies: Catalyzing Change in Industries

    S2 Ep. 15 Archna Haylock and Steve Helvie – Open Ecosystem Strategies: Catalyzing Change in Industries

    Creating Ecosystems around open source standards and the Commons is a challenging task that has been taken strategically by many of the dominating brands of our times - such as Google with Android. 
     
    For this reason, we wanted to feature one iconic project on the podcast that we often use as a yardstick when debating opportunities to develop truly open ecosystem strategies: the Open Compute Project Foundation, initiated by Facebook in 2011. 
     
    Details on what OCP is and does will be shared directly during the podcast by our guests: Steve Helvie, VP of Channel, and Archna Haylock, Community Director at OCP. 
     
    In his role, Steve helps to educate organizations on the benefits of open source hardware designs and the value of “community-driven” engineering for the data center. Archna, on the other hand, is responsible for the global community, and involved directly in its governance processes. 
     
    In this inspiring conversation - we touch upon the topics of innovation, collaboration and industry change - and our two guests show how openness can provide solutions to an increasing set of global challenges. We explore what’s needed for organizations to collaborate in an open source way, how to view competitors in the ecosystem, and how the definition of a data centre has changed through emerging needs for circularity and sustainability.
    Remember that you can always find transcripts and key highlights of the episode on our Medium publication: https://platformdesigntoolkit.com/podcast-S2E15-Steve-Helvie-Archna-Haylock 
     
    To find out more about Archna’s and Steve’s work:
     
    > Archna’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/archnahaylock
    > Archna’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/ArchnaOCP 
    > Steve’s LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/steve-helvie-37935712
    > Steve’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/stevehelvie
    > Website: https://www.opencompute.org/ 

    Other references and mentions:
     
    > Boundaryless Whitepaper, New Foundations of Platform-Ecosystem Thinking — Designing Products and Organizations for a changing world, 2020: https://platformdesigntoolkit.com/DOWNLOAD-NF
     
    > Building Complex Organizations through Simple Constraints: Zappos — with John Bunch: https://stories.platformdesigntoolkit.com/building-complex-organizations-through-simple-constraints-zappos-with-john-bunch-a2aaa916663e
     
    > Open Networking Foundation: https://opennetworking.org/ 
     
    > Telecom Infra Project (TIP): https://telecominfraproject.com/ 
     
    > The Linux Foundation: https://www.linuxfoundation.org/
     
    > IEEE: https://www.ieee.org/
     
    > Mozilla, Open Source Archetypes: A framework For
     Purposeful Open Source, 2018: https://blog.mozilla.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/MZOTS_OS_Archetypes_report_ext_scr.pdf
     
    > GAIA-X: https://data-infrastructure.eu/
     
    > OpenUK: https://openuk.uk/
     
    > Future of Sustainable Data Alliance: https://futureofsustainabledata.com/
     
    > OCP Future Technologies Symposium: https://www.opencompute.org/summit/ocp-future-technologies-symposium
     
    > Kubernetes:https://kubernetes.io/ 
     
    Find out more about the show and the research at Boundaryless at www.platformdesigntoolkit.com/podcast
     
    Thanks for the ad-hoc music to Liosound / Walter Mobilio. Find his portfolio here: www.platformdesigntoolkit.com/music
     
    Recorded on 7 April 2021.

    • 51 min
    S2 Ep. 14 Bill Baue and Ralph Thurm – Bottom-Up and Top-Down Transformation

    S2 Ep. 14 Bill Baue and Ralph Thurm – Bottom-Up and Top-Down Transformation

    Today we explore an initiative that looks into transformation and the micro-macro dynamics of organizing from a thresholds and allocations perspective. We’re joined by Bill Baue, Senior Director at r3.0, and Ralph Thurm, Co-Founder & Managing Director at r3.0 – a not-for-profit platform which promotes Redesign for Resilience and Regeneration.
     
    Founded in 2012, r3.0 connects a global community of “Positive Mavericks” around its “work ecosystem” that focuses on transcending incrementalism to trigger necessary transformations that enact living systems principles. The work of r3.0 explores responses to the ecological and social collapses humanity is experiencing, in order to achieve a thriving, regenerative and distributive economy and society.
     
    Bill is a true expert when it comes to sustainability thresholds, thriveability, and online stakeholder engagement. He has co-founded several enterprises, including Sustainability Context Group, Sea Change Radio, and Currnt. 
     
    Ralph is a leading professional in sustainable innovation and strategy, operational sustainability, sustainability change management, sustainability reporting, transformation and thriveability. He is also the Founder of A|HEAD|ahead and Managing Director at OnCommons, the not-for-profit home of r3.0.
     
    We are super excited to share this interview with you as we dig into how r3.0 applies a fractal, multi-scalar and bioregional lens to understanding transitions towards a regenerative and distributive global economy and society. Tune in as we explore organizational entanglement, creating value at a systems level, and how Bill and Ralph look at global governance.
     
    Remember that you can always find transcripts, full show notes and key highlights of the episode on our Medium publication: https://platformdesigntoolkit.com/Podcast-S2E14-Bill-Baue-Ralph-Thurm 
     
    To find out more about Bill’s and Ralph’s work:
     
    > Bill Baue’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/bbaue 
     
    > Ralph Thurm’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/aheadahead1 
     
    > Website: https://www.r3-0.org/ 
     
    > r3.0 Blueprints: https://www.r3-0.org/projects/
     
    > 8th International r3.0 Conference 2021: https://conference2021.r3-0.org/ 
    > The UNRISD-r3.0 project “Thresholds of Transformation”: https://www.r3-0.org/project/unrisd/
     
    Find out more about the show and the research at Boundaryless at www.platformdesigntoolkit.com/podcast
     
    Thanks for the ad-hoc music to Liosound / Walter Mobilio. Find his portfolio here: www.platformdesigntoolkit.com/music
     
    Recorded on 17 March 2021.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    S2 Ep. 13 Nora Bateson – Trans-contextual Organizing: Shifting Perceptions

    S2 Ep. 13 Nora Bateson – Trans-contextual Organizing: Shifting Perceptions

    Today’s guest, Nora Bateson, is a unique thinker that as a company we’ve been following for a while now. From invisible assumptions, to entanglement and trans-contextual organising, this conversation explores what organizing in complexity truly means for organisations and the relationships taking place within and between them. 
     
    Nora Bateson is an award-winning filmmaker, writer, facilitator and educator, as well as President of the International Bateson Institute based in Sweden. Her work asks the question “how can we improve our perception of the complexity we live within, so we may improve our interaction with the world?”. Nora wrote, directed and produced the award-winning documentary, ‘An Ecology of Mind’, a portrait of her father, Gregory Bateson. Her work brings the fields of biology, cognition, art, anthropology, psychology, and information technology together into a study of the patterns in ecology of living systems. Her book, ‘Small Arcs of Larger Circles’ is a revolutionary personal approach to the study of systems and complexity, and the core text of the Harvard University LILA program 2017-18. Her new book, ‘Warm Data’, will be released in 2020 by Triarchy Press.
     
    Tune in to your conversation with Nora as we dive deeper into systemic accountability, “Warm Data” practices, and the power of context.
     
    Remember that you can always find transcripts and key highlights of the episode on our Medium publication: https://platformdesigntoolkit.com/Podcast-S2E13-Nora-Bateson
     
    To find out more about Nora’s work:
     
    > Website: https://norabateson.wordpress.com/
    > Twitter: https://twitter.com/NoraBateson 
    > Medium: https://norabateson.medium.com/ 
    > Wordpress: https://norabateson.wordpress.com/ 
    > The International Bateson Institute: https://batesoninstitute.org/
     
    Other references and mentions:
     
    > Nora Bateson, Small Arcs of Larger Circles: Framing Through Other Patterns, 2016: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Small-Arcs-Larger-Circles-Patterns/dp/1909470961
     
    > Organizations as Architectures for Complexity — with Joe Norman: https://stories.platformdesigntoolkit.com/organizations-as-architectures-for-complexity-with-joe-norman-5eebf5d1362e
     
    > Joe Norman, “Generating wholes”: http://jwnorman.com/?p=4948  
     
    > Boundaryless Whitepaper, New Foundations of Platform-Ecosystem Thinking — Designing Products and Organizations for a changing world, 2020: https://platformdesigntoolkit.com/DOWNLOAD-NF
     
    > Transition Network: https://transitionnetwork.org/ 

    > Warm Data Lab: https://warmdatalab.net/
     
    > Warm Data Podcast: https://www.warmdatapodcast.com/
     
    Find out more about the show and the research at Boundaryless at www.platformdesigntoolkit.com/podcast
     
    Thanks for the ad-hoc music to Liosound / Walter Mobilio. Find his portfolio here: www.platformdesigntoolkit.com/music
     
    Recorded on 12 March 2021.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    S2 Ep. 12 Aaron Dignan – Leadership and Legitimacy through Consent and Coherence

    S2 Ep. 12 Aaron Dignan – Leadership and Legitimacy through Consent and Coherence

    We often view leadership as such an individual role, but does it have to be? Today’s guest, Aaron Dignan, shares a radically different approach to leadership as something that needs to be more coherent and inclusive with everyone involved. Through the power of consent and purpose, organizations can drive real systemic change.
     
    Aaron Dignan is the founder of The Ready, a global organizational transformation and coaching practice, where he helps both large and small companies adopt new forms of self-organization and dynamic teaming. Over the last ten years, Aaron has studied organizations and teams with a new way of working that prioritizes adaptivity and autonomy over efficiency and control. 
     
    Aaron is the co-host of the Brave New Work podcast, an active angel investor and helps build partnerships between the startups and end-ups he advises. He’s also a co-founder of Responsive.org, and has sat on advisory boards for GE, American Express, PepsiCo, and Cooper Hewitt. He is the author of Game Frame and Brave New Work.
     
    In this conversation, we’re not afraid to go deep as we look into a boundaryless future. Tune in as we explore how The Ready funds new ideas in the business, the role of “micro-socialist” experiments in an organization, and how to balance your personal development and uniqueness alongside the development of an organization. 
    Remember that you can find the show notes and transcripts from all our episodes on our Medium publication: https://platformdesigntoolkit.com/Podcast-S2E12-Aaron-Dignan
     
    To find out more about Aaron’s work:
     
    > Website: https://theready.com/
    > Website: https://www.bravenewwork.com/ 
    > Aaron’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/aarondignan 
    > The Ready’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/theready 
    > Podcast: https://www.bravenewwork.com/podcast
     
    Other references and mentions:
     
    > Aaron Dignan, Brave New Work: Are You Ready to Reinvent Your Organization?, 2019: https://www.amazon.com/Brave-New-Work-Reinvent-Organization/dp/0525536205
     
    > “Brave New Work and Capitalism‬”, on the Brave New Work Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/brave-new-work-and-capitalism/id1488554600?i=1000506063704
     
    > Dark Matter Labs’ “Letter to Our Future”, on how they think about organizing their work: https://provocations.darkmatterlabs.org/amsterdam-2019-2020-letter-to-our-future-dbd67a035ffe 
     
    > Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America: Culture & Agriculture:,https://www.amazon.com/Unsettling-America-Culture-Agriculture/dp/0871568772 
     
    > Participatory City: http://www.participatorycity.org/
     
     Find out more about the show and the research at Boundaryless at www.platformdesigntoolkit.com/podcast
     
    Thanks for the ad-hoc music to Liosound / Walter Mobilio. Find his portfolio here: www.platformdesigntoolkit.com/music
     
    Recorded on 27 January 2021.

    • 58 min
    S2 Ep. 11 Simon Wardley – Mapping, Doctrine, and Culture in the Future of Organizing

    S2 Ep. 11 Simon Wardley – Mapping, Doctrine, and Culture in the Future of Organizing

    Wardley maps are a key feature of platform strategy design - and the person who invented these maps is joining us on the podcast today: Simon Wardley.

    • 1 hr 6 min

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