I truly enjoyed the twists and turns of our 9/15 chat, Wheatley on Social Innovation: Do We Regroup?
Our general takeaway: social and organizational change are incredibly difficult. We agreed there is significant, in-depth discussion still ahead to unpack what this means, and how best to attack it.
As a stepping stone to those conversations, let’s tee up some potential follow-on threads, based on a few of the more provocative insights from our last chat.
We can frame the next conversation like this:
What are the ideal threads to explore and expand on Margaret Wheatley’s latest thinking, as we wrap up our 2014 #cdna series and lay the groundwork for 2015? Feel free to move beyond the choices offered here. Are there other, better threads? Expand! Just note that these were stakes in the ground on 9/15, and in many cases, worth more discussion. The author and original tweet contributing to these insights is noted.
- Q1. SOCIAL CHANGE vs. INNOVATION
- a. Gap perception: Grappling with ‘what needs to happen’ vs. ‘what’s been achieved’ (Tony)
- b. How do we innovate within our sphere of influence? discussing scale (Scott)
- c. Is our dialog moving towards Asimov’s ‘Psychohistory’? (Scott)
- d. Change v. innovation: are both like ‘deviance’ .. in the end, subjective? relative? (Kim)
- e. Focus: Not all social change is innovative (Kim)
- f. Midgley’s boundary critique: who decides? who gets marginalized? (Alice)
- Q2. MOTIVATION
- a. Harmonizing motivation (Christy); perhaps re: Maslow, focused ‘pack’ response? (Jamie)
- b. Focus: Gaming self and team to stay in flow (Christy)
- c. Focus: Spreading methods (Christy)
- d. Focus: Planning for change around adoption curves (Mike)
- e. Does economic pain trump all other motivators? (Jamie)
- Q3. CULTURAL FORCES AND TIME DIMENSION
- a. Cultural resistance: our brains’ firmware seems programmed to hesitate (Scott)
- b. Prescriptive behavior (Redge); market imperatives taken to be givens (Paul)
- c. Focus: the function of speed vs. perceived value, and challenge of normalizing (Christy)
- d. Wheatley: we are not in charge of time arc of change, or its scope, reach or uptake (Kim)
- Q4. CHANGE DRIVERS
More context? Click on the hyperlinked name to see the tweet. Or check out the cdna 9/15 transcript to see the conversation.
Very much looking forward to our next dialog. And I truly can’t thank the #cdna crew enough. Your time, insights and positive energy are so valuable. It’s an inspiration to be a part of this group.
Chris (aka @sourcepov)