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new governance capabilities


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Feb 16, 2024
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This is a follow-up from my post — diversity > learning > trust — where I said that these become the key elements in building better organizational structures that can help us differentiate between stark reality and blatant lies. These elements are how we should connect because it’s in the connections that we can make sense. The lack of diversity, the unwillingness to learn, and the lack of trust are what is dumbing so many people down.

I used the following model to show where we are in terms dominant organizational societal forms — based on Tribes, Institutions, Markets, or Networks — showing that we are currently in a phase-shift between a triform (T+I+M) and a quadriform (T+I+M+N) society, which accounts for much of the current political turmoil in our post-modern world.

societal forms based on TIMN model tribes (oral), institutions (writing), markets (print), networks (electric) map to indigenous, pre-modern, modern (post modern), meta-modern map to communities, government, the market, the commons

I recently came across an article on The Internet Transition by Robin Berjon.

And so the problem we have is that:

1. the Internet has made greater institutional capacity possible, but
2. it has also made our world more complex in ways that require an increase in institutional capacity to happen and
3. it has broken some of our established institutions, actually causing a decrease in institutional capacity, and
4. we are not yet using the new governance capabilities that the Internet made possible anyway.

Berjon states that, “we are traversing an epochal change and we lack the institutional capacity to complete this transformation without imploding”. I noted in leadership in broken systems that many of our institutions are broken and leadership models from previous and current societal forms are insufficient for a meta-modern world [see image above], which offers a way out of our current post-modern mess.

Berjon concludes that, “If we want any hope for these politics to result in a world worth wanting, we need to build our Internet according to sound institutional principles. The toolbox for that exists, figuring out how to integrate and use it is what’s next.” One compass to guide us in this effort is Strategic Doing — getting to meta-modernity.
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