Seth Godin on responsibility

Following on from yesterday’s post about supervision, here are some links to Seth Godin on responsibility: Rules and responsibility “Use your best judgment.” Bureaucracies have a very hard time saying this to their staff. They create an endless series of…

Ben Horowitz on trust and communication in organisations

Without trust, communication breaks down. More specifically: in any human interaction, the required amount of communication is inversely proportional to the level of trust. Consider the following: If I trust you completely, then I require no explanation or communication of…

Contact

Next time you read an article, listen to a podcast, watch a program that you like – why don’t you get in touch with whoever made it? Not just the person who was in it – the ones we normally notice…

Trust

Make your systems strong. Have a clear process: where does the money come from, where does it go? Account for it transparently: how are movements of money planned, approved, recorded, tracked and evidenced? Have checks and controls: Who sets things…

GNU-GPL – a base of code

Richard Stallman famously wrote the GNU GPL, which is a license based on copy-left, not copyright. His position is the freedom to work with computers and work with software and work with software is hindered by copyright. That in fact…

Starting line

Where’s the starting line? Sometimes we’re a few steps further down the track than the people we want to take with us:  we’ve given it more thought, we’ve done it before. We want it more. We’re so keen to get…

Bootstrapping the non-profit organisation Rule 3: Serve Clients Eager to Pay for what you do (part 4 of 4)

This is the third-and-three-quarters post in a series applying Seth Godin’s rules of bootstrapping (see also here) to building a non-profit organisation. Rule 3: Serve Clients Eager to Pay for what you do (part 4) In a nutshell, Seth says that if someone isn’t eager…

Bootstrapping the non-profit organisation Rule 3: Serve Clients Eager to Pay for what you do (part 3 of 4)

This is the third-and-two-thirds post in a series applying Seth Godin’s rules of bootstrapping (see also here) to building a non-profit organisation. Rule 3: Serve Clients Eager to Pay for what you do (part 3) In a nutshell, Seth says that if someone isn’t eager…

Bootstrapping the non-profit organisation Rule 1: Real Work for Clients First

This is the first in a series applying Seth Godin’s rules of bootstrapping (see also here) to building a non-profit organisation. Rule 1: Ship Real Work “Planning and coordination are fine, but not if they don’t lead to real work. Don’t…

Intelligences

Imagine you are in charge of developing an artificial intelligence. Your AI has the ability to move into the world and mingle with human beings, all the while augmenting both its physical capability and its intelligence. In time, your AI…