Introduction to the November 2015 Issue

The movement for reinventing organizations and its companion-movements are in their toddler years and demonstrate an amazing vitality. The number (published or in-the-works) of translations of Laloux’s book is approaching 20 languages. The meetups of ResponsiveOrg, Teal, U.Lab, and similar initiatives are popping up all over the world and touch the lives of tens of thousands of people.

It’s not too difficult to anticipate a tipping point, when a number of CEO’s of large organizations will recognize that their best bet to stay relevant in the 21st century is “going Teal.” When that happens mainstream media will pick up and amplify the news. But we’re not waiting for mainstream media to reflect what is happening. The movements need their own collective sensing and meaning-making organs.

Enlivening Edge is also swept by a wind of changes. First of all, we don’t have to solicit as many articles as for the first two issues; authors started sending their materials and asking to be published in EE. As a result, in the current issue you will find more content written originally for EE, compared with the curated blogs that we are republishing from other places.

As inspirations for more authentic and soulful organizations are manifesting in more and more places and contexts, we gear up to serve them better. That’s why we evolved the news site of our modest beginning into an online magazine complete with such departments as COUNTRIES, SECTORS, and MOVEMENTS. See the menus waiting for your browsing:

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In this issue we expand the scope of our coverage from reinventing organizations to reinventing society. You will also find articles that address the complexity of scaling self-organization, and introduce some tools/practices for taming that complexity.

In NEWS, you can learn about the Future of U.Lab, The OpenTeal Project, and Laloux Is Asking Your Advice.

From our ORGANIZATIONS department you can find out about what’s happening in Fitzii, the Dutch recruiting and job-matching company; Matt Black Systems, a UK-based manufacturer that introduced a very unique self-managing system 12 years ago; what communities of practice can do for the National Health System; and how Evolving Organisations supports the shift to ‘next stage.’

The SECTORS department includes articles related to cities, education, government, healthcare, manufacturing, road transportation, retail, software, and startups.

The REFLECTING department has stories about Escaping the Prison of Orange, whether Teal organizations are “responsible,” Holacracy disrupting management hierarchies, the relationship between self-authorship and self-organization, what wholeness means in Teal organizing, and Reinventing Social Systems.

The FEATURES section highlights an interview with Sudhakar Ram, the CEO of a Mumbai-based self-managing company, and also a leading Holacracy practitioner shares her thoughts on Implementation issues. The article on Where Is All This Teal Stuff Going is based on conversations with Frederic Laloux about the future of Reinventing Organizations. Bridging U.Lab and Teal is the beginning of a personal, collective and societal journey.

TOOLS & PRACTICES has stories about recruiting, the blockchain: a new infrastructure for online commons, constitutional organizing, and the magic of meetings in Teal.

Our FIELD REPORTS cover the NHS Employers Summit 2015, midwifing a community of practice in Australia, the first meeting of the Reinventing Work Network, and lessons from a conversation about Barry Oshry with Frederic Laloux.

In RESEARCH you will find studies on Communicating Across Boundaries and the science behind wholeness.

Chronicling the developments around EE in the two months since the publication of the previous issue wouldn’t be complete without telling you about some exciting news and plans:

  • Enlivening Edge is a sponsor of the Integral European Conference 2016, where we convene a Teal Organizations track
  • We started conversations with some Teal-inspired organizations about co-developing a re-branded version of EE, tailored to their audience
  • We heard of companies curating certain EE articles and posting them on their intranet
  • A group approached us to develop a Spanish edition of Enlivening Edge

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