By Alia Aurami for Enlivening Edge Magazine
It was May of 2015. Frederic Laloux’s book, Reinventing Organizations: A Guide to Creating Organizations Inspired by the Next Stage in Human Consciousness was a just-lit sparkler. All over the world, sparks were falling into thousands of individual people who were catching fire, lighting up, sizzling with intense delight.
They were saying things like: Teal ideas are exactly who I am. The Teal “breakthroughs” are what I have been working toward, working as.
Small sparkles were visible around the globe, and when some of them touched and merged, small blazes began to appear. They affirmed: Yes, this is the future of work we want to create. This is how we want to experience our organizations.
How to fan evolutionary flames
Just south of London, George Pór, ever the visionary entrepreneur, knew what Ghandi knew: every movement needs a newsletter. Enlivening Edge was launched in July of 2015 for intra-movement and inter-movement communications among all “next-stage” innovators.
Why? Because isolated sparks aren’t going to form an evolutionary blaze powerful enough to change the social landscape. The people “Teal-ablaze” needed to discover each other. They needed to get to know each other, to begin to learn, to collaborate, to synergize. They needed to discover other movements using different labels to describe a better “future of work.”
Only then could they light up the entire social landscape of human organizational life (indeed of human life, as “Teal” is a way of living and relating, not a business paradigm.)
Enlivening Edge has been maturing
Fast-forward more than five years. Enlivening Edge has been maturing and serving the growing movements in several ways. Currently anyone has access to a free library of more than 1100 “magazine articles” written by organizational innovators, as intra-movement and inter-movement communications.
Through these stories of organizations, tools and practices, and projects, organizational innovators can discover, learn about, and learn from one another, sparking collaborations and synergies.
People are inspired, strengthened, and form closer heart-to-heart and mind-to-mind relationships twice a month via real-time video Enlivening Edge Community Conversations.
The natural yearning for finding others geographically close, offering more possibilities for learning and collaboration, can be satisfied via our Calendar of Events with online and local workshops, meetups, and conferences all over the world.
The world of organizational innovators has also been maturing
The surrounding social landscape has also been maturing and diversifying over the past five years. EE is no longer the only match-making service for innovators seeking to transform organizations in directions pointed to by Laloux and others.
People all pulling in the same direction are potential synergizing partners, not competitors vying win-lose for a share of a limited “market.” We are in service to expanding numbers of people until our direction becomes the flow of the mainstream of society—until we all are no longer innovators or pioneers in the lonely wilderness of a new paradigm.
Thus Enlivening Edge is looking around with delight as we spot increasing numbers of areas, arenas, platforms, groups, and events in which “next-stage organizational innovators” can connect like neurons in a growing global brain. That brings powerful collective intelligence to bear on human challenges and toward human evolution.
Through our own collaborations and conversations, we are meeting increasing numbers of co-creators of a much more complex, diversified, rich ecosystem of endeavors in service to all the individual innovators.
Our living inquiry: “Who are we to become?”
This is Enlivening Edge’s recently-evolved statement of our Evolutionary Purpose:
Catalyzing relationships among innovators who are accelerating the evolution of organizations and social systems for human and environmental thriving.
It’s a “living document.” Our next inquiry in living it, preoccupying us these days, is
how are we to evolve ourselves in this developing ecosystem to best continue to do “what is ours to do” in service, in support?
What is our potential highest greatest contribution NOW, given who we have become, who we are at present, and who around us is ablaze with the same fire–and serving similar people with somewhat similar services?
Are you part of our “new gang?”
In that inquiry, we’re unable to know very far ahead, how we’re going to emerge over the next year and who will nurture our next phase of maturing.
So we immerse ourselves in new conversations, building new friendships, re-activating and reinventing old relationships. We are shaping ourselves and shifting our offerings for greatest service in synergy with others, building on the strengths and capacities we have developed, and operating with our still-maturing organizational “body”—all of that, while guided by the North Star of our Evolutionary Purpose.
We have a clear vision of the kinds of inter-organizational relationships that glow with a Teal-colored light. Explore our vision.
If you resonate with that glow, if you are pulling in the same direction, let’s expand our collaborations, our synergies, our ecosystem, and our impact on improving this world!
Jump into shaping Enlivening Edge’s service
We’re inviting you, our readers and friends, into closer communication about what EE is and could be. Share your wisdom with us. One way is by joining our new Advice Council. We’d also love to receive your comments below, and/or messages to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Co-creating Enlivening Edge is happening; there are so many ways available right now. Explore these suggestions.
Where does your spark touch ours, for a brighter light that lights up life with excitement, wonder, and magicalness?
Alia Aurami: Within Enlivening Edge, I energize a variety of roles to express my sacred life mission: to amplify our human capacity for living, working, and relating within shared higher consciousness. That optimizes the chances of success of transformative changes, by operationalizing collective and spiritual intelligence to help organizations be efficient and effective. I delight in creating and amplifying synergistic connections toward all that!