Future Organisations, Hof Gnadenthal November 2017
Also for this workshop I invited the attendees to the monastery Gnadenthal. After we briefly collected our experiences with classical organisations such as inefficiency, informal power structures and chewy meetings, we started looking into alternatives to pyramidal hierarchical organisations.
We approached the topic via the ARTE movie ‚Mein wunderbarer Arbeitsplatz’ (‘My wonderful workplace’). It illustrates very plastically how employees within an evolutionary organization feel activated and released. It became also clear, that these types of organisations provide a much higher capability to innovate and a greater resilience than classical organisations. They work within flat organisations with almost no hierarchies and interestingly they are all very successful and very profitable.
The alternative concepts such as Sociocracy, Holacracy and evolutionary organisations by Frederic Laloux solve aspects such as decision taking, information exchange, salary, incentives and meetings structures fundamentally differently. They allow us as employees to bring in more of our human being. They even steer the organisation by its evolutionary purpose rather than by pure pursuit of profit. Compatible to the atmosphere of the location, the monastery, we dealt with topics such as humanity, trust, integrity and ecological responsibility.
Towards the end of the workshop the participants split into two teams and designed their own evolutionary organisation along an example case.