Bioteams and Social Networks: New Audio Presentation
Ken Thompson, author of Bioteams and The Networked Enterprise, gives a 25 minute introduction to bioteams and describes how it can be applied to make social networks, fan groups, virtual communities and business networks more agile, intimate, satisfying and sustainable. The presentation also addresses todays big question - "How do you get engagement in a large group?"
The presentation lasts about 25 minutes and may take a minute to stream. I recorded it in one take after the NLAB conference (rather than slide by slide) so look out for my mobile phone ringing in the background and me having horrendous difficulty correctly saying the word ORGANISM.
In the audio presentation I start by making the case that all great teams are bioteams to varying degress by looking at the example of sports teams - they just call it something different!
I then review the 4 main characteristics of bioteams described in the Bioteams book
1. Any group member can take the lead
2. Pheromone-style short messaging
3. Small is beautiful and Big is powerful
4. Reach the many through the few
Then I identify the distinctive growth cycle of a bioteam - starting very fragile but growing very strong unlike traditional teams which start very strong and grow very fragile
I show how the biological definition of LIFE by Maturana can be applied to social networks at the individual, group and community level - for the details see Social Network Design: The Network Is A Living System, Design It As Such
Then I discuss how natures social networks are holistic and sustainable and then introduce my viable social network model.
Bioteams Books Reviews
Fritjof Capra says organisations are not just like living systems - they are living systems! In his latest book, The Hidden Connections, Fritjof Capra, acclaimed physicist and author of the Web of Life and the Tao of Physics, challenges us to go beyond the metaphor and see to what extent human organisations can literally be understood as living systems.