Frequently Asked Questions about Enlivening Edge

Welcome!

If you’re curious about Enlivening Edge, the organization behind this website and magazine, you’re in the right place to enquire (or inquire!) into who we are, what we’re all about, and how we work.

We’re delighted to share these answers to some Frequently Asked Questions. Click on the + beside each question, and you’ll see the “nutshell” answer.

And if you’d like to know more, it’s easy, just contact us. We sure would love to explore your enquiries/inquiries with you!

The FAQ below covers aspects of EE we commonly get asked about. The last question is different though; it’s one for you to answer. Have a look when you are ready.

 

What is Enlivening Edge?

Enlivening Edge is an international network of collaborators and Partners. We organize ourselves in a self-managed way around projects to express our shared deep commitment to serve the Evolutionary Purpose of EE.

How did Enlivening Edge get started?

George Pór founded EE in May of 2015. We started as an online Magazine and a bi-monthly email pointing people towards the highlights and featured articles. The interests and talents of people who subsequently joined EE expanded the services that we now offer via a number of key projects

What is Enlivening Edge's Evolutionary Purpose?

The current wording of EE's Evolutionary Purpose is

Boosting the emergent collective intelligence, consciousness, and impact of the ecosystem of next-stage organizations and initiatives, until they become the new mainstream of organizing work.

This editorial article about EE's Evolutionary Purpose explains what it means in practice.

Our magazine and projects enable connections allowing people to discover a social ecosystem, a “whole” with its own collective intelligence. The synergies possible are creating powerful movements that transform individuals, organizations, societal sectors, and we hope, the world.

How has EE changed since it started? - what does it do now?

Since we started, more offerings to the world, that express our evolutionary purpose, have emerged from the interests and talents of new Partners. Beyond the continuing development of  EE Magazine, we now offer:

Enlivening Edge Community Conversations via Zoom

EE Facebook group

A global calendar of events for learning and gathering.

How is EE different from conventional/traditional organisations?

Some of the significant differences are:

We are motivated and guided by our Evolutionary Purpose more than by mission statements and goals.

We are self-managed; we have no managers.

We value humanness (heart and spirit) as well as the rationality that most organisations prize.

We serve a global evolutionary wave that extends far beyond the boundaries of organisational goals.

How are you a Teal organisation yourselves?

We regard ourselves as a prototype of a Teal Organization. We use structures and processes from the self-management system of Holacracy®. We have a strong Evolutionary Purpose and value all that our people bring.

A crucial aspect of our culture is “walking our Teal talk.” We regularly discuss how we can do this with more heart and integrity.

We interact from the Teal stage of consciousness development as much as we can. This includes loving, appreciating and valuing each other.

How do you manage to work together given that you work across the world?

We live in several time zones and schedule our time carefully. We work together on various platforms for written conversations, shared documents, shared workspace, and live video-meetings. We gather for face-to-face retreats when we can, and connect when we travel to conferences and workshops.

How do you make decisions and get things done?

We organise our work around projects allocating responsibilities to roles rather than people. Information, progress, and requests for advice are shared through our Mattermost forum and other online collaborative tools. We trust people to make decisions once they have taken on a responsibility, and we use Holacracy® for our governance process.

Where are you based?

Enlivening Edge people tend to live in Europe and the Americas, although we are expanding all the time, including most recently a Partner in Australia. We come together in physical space occasionally and meet most often in cyberspace using various tools and platforms.

Who are the people and what motivates them?

Our partners and “friends” and “collaborators” are a constantly-changing and constantly-expanding international group. We all share an understanding of and commitment to the principles of Teal organisations and beyond (expressed in the book Reinventing Organizations).

Many of us are motivated by the opportunity to express our individual life purpose through our involvement with EE. We are activated by being on the enlivening edge of human development around organizational consciousness.

Are there differing degrees of involvement in EE?

The short answer is Yes! Some of the group are deeply-engaged Partners, and some are more loosely-related Collaborators. There are many other ways of getting involved, for example donating, writing articles, and joining our Facebook group.  If you have an impulse or idea around playing with us, contact us. We’d love to talk with you.

What is the difference between Partners and Collaborators?

The difference is mainly that Partners energize formal Roles with specific work functions and accountabilities in our Holacracy operational and governance structure, and in addition they devote time and energy to caring for the whole of EE.

Collaborators contribute their time, energy, and passion carrying out various functions in EE's projects and activities. Their contributions are essential to the thriving and growing of EE.

Do people earn income from being involved?

Currently we are all unpaid volunteers; we are developing a system for equity distribution for those most deeply involved.

What is your legal structure and business model? (How is EE funded?)

We are making significant progress toward building a formal legal structure and adopting an effective Teal-appropriate “business model.” EE is funded by donations, sponsors, affiliate partnerships, co-sponsorship of events, consulting teams, and various other methods.

And now would you like to answer a few questions?

If we have piqued your interest and you would like to explore further, we invite you to pause and reflect on how well our work aligns with yours.

  • What do you like about EE and the work it does?
  • What feels like important work for you?
  • Can you see yourself engaging with EE? (Please say yes!)

As you have reflected, perhaps you will discover you are the kind of person attracted to work with EE.

 

There is more to know, and there are many ways to be involved with EE. You can start by looking at Our Work and Our Team.