How to Run Collaborative Projects That Don’t Fall Prey to Bureaucracy

Devin Balkind writes about how we can build networks rather than organizations. He is one of the folks behind The Internet of Ownership where this advice is being put into practice.

Instead of creating an “organization,” create a charter that explains how to run a network. Instead of figuring out all the things you want your organization to do, find people already doing these things and invite them to join your network. Instead of creating a central administration to run the network, encourage projects to commit to performing the various functions needed to sustain the network, including administrative ones.

What is the minimum amount of expense we need to incur to keep the organization functional? That became the budget of the “Operations” project.

Instead of having a bunch of folks with relatively ambiguous titles and hierarchies, we’re all equals representing projects in a council. That keeps things simple.





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