Generative Orgs

Growth Hacking To Scale Generosity

August 14, 2014

Tweet When a startup like Harrys.com launches with an outreach campaign that that gets 85K potential customers to share their email address, people are impressed. When the cofounder of that company writes a 3,700 word explanation of what they did to achieve those results, and then posts it on one of America’s most popular business blogs […]

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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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Three Design Principles for Generative Business

March 20, 2014

Tweet As I was being nudged to consider whether the term “boost” really captured the central dynamic of generative businesses, I realized that it actually only represented the very first element of what it takes to be generative. Note: Since this is more like an essay than a post, I’ve added some jumps so that […]

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What Makes Digital Tech Companies Models of Generativity?

March 13, 2014

Tweet Buffer, WordPress, AirBnB, Waze, LoveWithFood, ModCloth, Etsy— so many of the organizations I’m using as examples of generative businesses share a similar profile: They are relatively small, young, organized around a core software process or product, filled with coders and developers, and part of a specific tech community. Why is generativity such a defining […]

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5 Reasons Why Generative Businesses Are So Powerful

March 6, 2014

Tweet I’d rather help one organization become generative than help a dozen organizations become ‘great’. Why? Because one generative organization has more positive impact on the world than a whole industry of organizations that are efficient, excellent, profitable, and self-focused. For generative businesses, neither the size nor the direction of their impact is accidental.  Here […]

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