Generative Orgs

Only Transparent AND Open Practices Generate Opportunity For Your Network

June 24, 2014

Tweet Businesses need to be both transparent and open to create opportunities for themselves and their entire network.   Yet even though we know that  qualities like “open” and “transparent” are preconditions for innovation, we often aren’t clear about what these terms actually mean. Sometimes people even use the terms interchangeably, as though what’s transparent and what’s open are […]

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Why Be Disruptive, When You Can Be Generative? Friday Afternoon with MakeLoveNotPorn

May 23, 2014

Tweet Some businesses aim to make money. Some businesses aim to disrupt their industries. The very best businesses aim even higher — to generate new opportunity for each and every stakeholder. It was Friday afternoon clean-up-my-office time. That ‘end of the year, has it come down to this?’-moment of reckoning. Maybe while I sort out piles and […]

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Acknowledge, Affirm, and Amplify Good Business Practices: A Simple Generative Tip

May 22, 2014

Tweet What’s the absolutely easiest way to contribute ideas to a community while boosting someone else’s business at the same time? Use your platform to Acknowledge, Affirm, and Amplify the work of companies and individuals that you value. You’d be surprised to realize just how often you’ll find yourself in a position to use your […]

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Pattern Language for Generative Interactions: 3 Approaches to Learn

May 9, 2014

Tweet Designers use Pattern Language — a lexicon and grammar that communicate the details of how and why a design is terrific — to share expertise and promote good design. We need a pattern language for business-to-business relationships. We need to be able to define, design and simply talk about business relationships that are generative. “Good design” […]

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Are All Generative Businesses a Little Naughty? The case of MakeLoveNotPorn

April 3, 2014

Tweet No startup challenges our norms about ‘appropriate business’ more than MakeLoveNotPorn. MakeLoveNotPorn (MLNP) is a user-generated crowdsourced video platform that celebrates “real world sex”. MLNP is a legal, lucrative, and liberatory disruptor of the adult entertainment industry. It’s also a profoundly generative business. MLNP is generative not because it’s naughty, but because of how it’s […]

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Generativity, in General

March 28, 2014

Tweet The word ‘generative’ may be unfamiliar to many business people, but the quality of generativity is something we’ve sought in our companies and our work practices for a long time.   Something is generative when it’s able to create something new, something original, or something alive. A generative idea produces new ideas, a generative process […]

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What does it mean to “Boost” another business?

February 12, 2014

Tweet A few weeks ago I sent my book proposal draft out to a few colleagues to get their feedback on the ideas. [**Trigger alert, for all you academics.] Asking for other people’s feedback is almost as hard as responding to their feedback, especially when the feedback is surprising.   In this case, I was […]

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What’s a Generative Organization?

December 11, 2013

Tweet What word captures the central quality of a Boost organization?  Generative. What word seems weird to a whole lot of business people? Generative. Funny how that works.  Now, what to do about it? I had a very smart friend read over my book proposal, and he said that the word ‘generative’, along with the […]

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How To Choose Business Partners for a Boost Economy

February 5, 2013

Tweet A friend told me once that we should only share our love with people who can benefit from it. My friend argued that even though we might want to ‘love’ everyone, in reality we can’t. So, she said, we should be choosy about whom we love. For a long time I thought that advice […]

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5 Ways to Expand How We Think About Value in a Boost Economy

November 14, 2012

Tweet It can be hard to convince certain “business” people that it actually makes sense to conduct their business in a generous, boosty way that creates opportunity for others. The mainstream business conversation has remained so wedded to the notion that ‘price’ accurately captures ‘value’, and to the belief that financial goals trump other kinds […]

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