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Radical Hybrid Working

Yesterday, I shared some thoughts on “Village 3.0″, loved some of the comments and ideas I got back, and thought I’d extend the thinking a little more.

How far, I wonder, could we stretch the idea of hybrid working to become a radical new concept more than a watered-down version of industrial age practice?

Could we create a hybrid model that combines the best of digital connection with the power of physical community to create “Village 3.0”?

Some deliberately radical thoughts in the spirit of “if you can dream it…”

What if…

  • We could create small, supportive communities of practice that promote continuous individual development in whatever we do?
  • We could re-balance the “master/servant” relationship of the industrial era by creating modern-day “guilds’?
  • Combine the vertical specialisms of guilds with the horizontal strength of diversity to move the locus of innovation and creativity from corporate centre to community networks?
  • Put social relationships, responsibility, reciprocity and redistribution ahead of remote corporate accumulation?
  • Promote the virtues of artisanal work – the creation and distribution of beauty and sustainability in place of the mindless pursuit of the mediocrity of more?
  • Create channels from school to work that freed the community from reliance on dominant but nomadic businesses located elsewhere?
  • Energize local innovation supported by remote expertise who felt part of what was happening to create community?
  • Shorten product and expertise supply chains to accelerate idea conversion?
  • Create truly agile expertise through linked multi-disciplined groups that enable genuinely innovative “pop up” teams?
  • Remove the need to commute?
  • Create community-based centres of excellence?
  • Transform family relationships and mental health?
  • We could forge holistic communities where those who eat the food have a relationship with those who grow it and prepare it – wherever they are – through a “provenance chain”?

There are many more – what might yours be?

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Complexity and volatility create enormous opportunities for those willing to go beyond the boundaries of "business as usual" to explore the edges of their business. I am an entrepreneur, a coach, a creative thinker, and above all, an explorer of possibility.

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