Sunday, October 17, 2010

Better Means, a multitude initiative to production

BetterMeans proposes a very similar model to the Discovery Network.

"The Open Enterprise is a new organizational design. Unlike organizations using traditional management structures, Open Enterprises replace the command and control hierarchy with a meritocracy based on collaboration and open participation.

Organizations that adopt this new organizational structure can make decisions faster and respond quicker to their markets. They look more like living dynamic networks, and less like pyramids. People working in these organizations will have (and feel) more ownership. They’re more engaged in their work, and have the freedom to work on what they want, when they want to. Most importantly this model enables people to once again bring their full humanity – values, beliefs and passions – to the workplace, removing disconnect between organizational and personal values."


  1. Thanks for posting this, Tibi. I've just visited (and joined) the 'Better Means' site.

    My reaction? A great little site with well articulated concepts that have many obvious synergies with Multitude's proposals.

    The fact is, no matter where you choose to look, the future in tentatively starting to emerge ... and no matter how hard the status quo may struggle to maintain the ascendancy, IT IS ULTIMATELY UNSUSTAINABLE and the forces of change will prove too powerful.

    The days when obscene levels of wealth are concentrated in fewer and fewer hands are numbered.

    The new economy will be shaped from the bottom up in a process that is democratic, transparent and driven by a universal need for the whole of mankind to survive the ongoing economic crisis and to ultimately thrive and prosper.

    Moreover, the forces of change should not be in competition with one another ... because that way only the status quo ultimately benefits.

    As you, Tibi, have noted elsewhere, there is a growing realization that the traditional ways of doing things no longer work effectively.

    However, when one compares the different solutions that are being bandied about, there appears also to be a growing consensus building around the kind of approaches that do.

    Let's move away from competition, accept we have much in common and unite to become the driving force shaping the new economy.

  2. Ian, I agree with you that "the forces of change should not be in competition with one another ... because that way only the status quo ultimately benefits."

    The new economy IS emerging and at this point in time we don't know which concept is the most economically viable, and in which context of application. We need to build an ecosystem of (semi-)open collaborative networks for production and to let them exchange DNA with each other. I proposed BetterMeans to collaborate, to learn how to play each other's game and to engage in each other's game in order to improve our games, and even to create other variations. They seam to be very open!

    BetterMeans and Multitude's Discovery Network are not the only games. See also Indeken, innocentive, and many others. My call to every designer of such games is to join the league.

    In the end this is what we do, designing games. People out there will chose the ones to play, depending on their situation.

    And I have another advice for all game designers. Don't go with the assumption that you will be able to control the game you create, and to extract value from players. It's not going to work at the large scale. Sooner or later, someone out there will release a free game very similar to yours. In the Internet age people always have the free (as in 0$ AND as in freedom) choice. Think large scale. Try to extract value by giving a lot rather than by controlling; it is actually possible at large scale.