To mark the network’s first anniversary we are hosting a special event (led by François Moscovici FRSA) in the RSA’s Great Room on John Adam Street.
Over the last 12 months we have looked at many aspects of new organisations: leadership, transition, metrics, structures, etc, so it seems like a good time to take stock of current practice. We have invited practitioners from different industries who will share their stories so far – not only of success but also of doubt and struggles in making ‘teal’ happen. We will also discuss the theme of inclusiveness: are we attempting to create a new universal work paradigm or something more 'exclusive' for those of us who are really keen on self-management?
Join us on 27 September. Expect to participate in a lively atmosphere! Please note that this is a longer session: from 6:30pm to 9:30pm (doors open at 6pm). This event is open to all Fellows, existing network members, and their guests. Book early as space is strictly limited.
Any questions, please contact François Moscovici FRSA: email@example.com
Location: Great Room Auditorium, RSA, 8 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6EZ
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Curtis James is an ethnographic photographer obsessed with people at work. He runs an ethnographic research firm called Fieldwork that helps clients to get to know the people that keep their businesses running. In his spare time, he runs a project called Beyond Work that combines photography and words to tell the stories of humans at work in a series of beautifully bound ‘zines.
Twitter: @oswald808 + @wearefieldwork
Fernando Polo is Global CEO at Good Rebels (Territorio creativo), a social business and digital transformation agency and consultancy that has grown rapidly since 2009, to become a 120+ people, 7+ M € company, working from 6 offices with clients like Santander, Spotify, IKEA, Toyota, L’Oréal, BBVA, Telefónica Movistar and many others. He is the author of #Leadertarians: how to create intrapreneurs in the digital age, and #Socialholic: everything you need to know about Social Media Marketing.
He is a regular speaker at conferences and teaches digital transformation in IE Business School (Madrid), University of Piura (Lima) and others. He co-founded a social media monitoring software in 2001, and an online corporate blogging platform for small and medium companies in 2005.
Asi Sharabi is the co-founder and CEO of Lost My Name. He holds a PhD in Social Psychology from the London School of Economics and has extensive background in digital marketing and strategic communications.
Lost My Name is a unique, award winning startup that lives on the intersection of storytelling, engineering, digital and print. They combine the power of stories with the possibilities of technology to create magical, personalised experiences and make kids around the world clever, curious and kind. Their first title is now available in nine languages and has sold in 180 different countries. They recently launched their second title, The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home which is considered by many in the tech community as the most technically ambitious picture book ever created.
Julian is an unapologetic industrialist; he knows the joy of a well-oiled machine. Passionate though he is about the arts of engineering, he's also very aware of the dangers of using these techniques in areas of social organization where they have no place.
At Matt Black Systems they have gained some pretty unique experience operating within the strict confines of the aerospace sector with a flat decentralized structure.
No-management - or perhaps… everyone is a manager.
Julian is living proof that humanizing an organization is a viable alternative rather than further mechanization in the search for cost reduction.
Rosie has been People Director at COOK, for the last 5 years, and has recently taken on a broader MD role. They are striving to build a purpose driven business that is a force for good in society, and it starts with being a great place to work for the 800+ people in their team. They are a £50m business, making remarkable food for your freezer, cooked like you would at home. They have 84 of shops of our own, as well as in 400+ concessions and farm shops up and down the country. In the last few years, COOK have set out to build a remarkable culture and have measured our progress using the Sunday Times Best Companies to work for annual survey. They have risen from rank outsider to 28th in the list, and are currently the highest placed manufacturer. They are also one of the UK’s first companies to certify as a BCorporation (people using business as a force for good). In Laloux-land they have travelled to green, and are stretching for teal in some areas. Purpose lies at the heart of what they do, and their nirvana is to create a workplace community with rich relationships, work with purpose, where everyone has a voice.
MD of Saint-Gobain, Bristol UK, Alexander calls himself a cultural developer, catalyst & coach for the 140 employees at a Bristol production & innovation entity.
Learning early in his life as a car mechanic and with a dominant father what hierarchy and power structure means, he came 8 years ago to a turning point realising that directive management is not working. Being a Master in Mech.Eng. and MBA he realised crucial skills and attitudes are required to be developed in himself and at the workplace for a different future.
Since this time his driver is to unleash people's potential and develop environments where people come to and go from work every day with sparks in their eyes – he is convinced this can create organisations fit for people and the future.
Does this always work in practice? No…and he is happy to share this experience with you.
About the Network
Inspired by Frederic Laloux’s book Reinventing Organisations, the Reinventing Work Network is about distributed leadership, a focus on purpose, and an invitation to wholeness at work. They are exploring the developing organisational forms that support these goals (called “teal” by Laloux), learning about what’s being done, and inviting the practical adoption of these approaches by RSA Fellows, their organisations, and the RSA. You might have heard RSA talks by Laloux or by Jos de Blok, whose Dutch home-nursing group Buurtzorg is a standard-bearer for the movement. Buurtzorg is structured so that nurses organise themselves. They have no “managers”, and have cut costs to the health service by 40 percent while improving quality of care and employee satisfaction. The Reinventing Work Network is a gathering-place for people who are leading their organisations towards “teal”, supporting change as consultants, or seeking to inspire change within their own organisations.
Network Lead: François Moscovici
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