Build. Back. #2

In my previous blog post on this subject, I laid out some thoughts about what we as a society might want to consider as a way of returning from the strangeness that has accompanied the pandemic. In this brief post, I just want to link to some resources that I’ve found interestng over the last year, and some that have inspired my thinking over the past decade.

  • The Art of Community by Jono Bacon – this is probably one of the first books I read that laid out the ideas around community and that really connected with the way that I wanted to be involved in society. I need to go back and re-read it, but it helped not only in getting me thinking in terms of sharing and helping, but also in terms of how to manage communities. Indeed, at OggCamp 2014 I gave a lightning talk about how this book and the ideas in it helped shape the way that a community group I had co- founded and was helping organise at the time (Oxford Lindy Hoppers), was run.
  • The Hacking Business Model is again something that I have not read for a long time, but I remember it fascinating me when I first came across it and helping me start to think more broadly that we don’t need to do business in the same way as the large corporates. This could be something that starts conversations about how businesses and individuals want to work and be recompensed post-COVID.
  • 1% For The Planet is a concept that looks to use company revenue for environmental good: the idea is for organisations to “give 1% of their sales back to the environment—whether or not they were profitable”.
  • As I understand it, 9 Others is a professional networking group looking to support entrepreneurs and have social impact. It’s well worth having a look through their website.
  • Enspiral has been my find of 2020. I think I first came across it on a business podcast, but the idea sounds amazing: Enspiral is “a collective of individuals who not only believe in, but practice a new way of organising”. The idea is to share money, power and information with distributed decision making and the reinvestment of profits into the members of the collective. This is a growing initiative and some of the ideas are exciting and demand further exploration by anyone looking to change the way that work and money is done in the 21st Century.
  • Linked to Enspiral, The Hum is an organisation that focuses on decentralised organising. They state that they are trying to provide “practical guidance for self-organising teams”. There are again some great questions asked on The Hum website around how to create non-hierarchical teams, inclusion and other relevant topics.
  • An interesting resource is the Creating Community During Covid with Rich Bartlett YouTube video from Rebel Wisdom which discusses principals of Microsolidarity (“a methodology for community building, focused on peer-to-peer support and mutual aid”). This is a good starting point for some of the considerations that should be made around changing business and collaboration models.
  • If after all of this reading and research you are interested in starting to build and grow a community, then check out Build a Community where there are resources and links to help you.

I’d love to hear your ideas about how you are going to be doing business in 2021 and the future: feel free to contact me on Twitter and tell me your thoughts. Now, let’s begin!

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