We’re seeing an urgent need for organizations and sectors to evolve and adapt to a new economy, one that we call NEXT: Networked, Exposed and Thrifty.
Our mission is to help organizations and sectors apply NEXT principles to not only improve resiliency, but to shape a future where business, community, cities and the environment thrive.
From Arab Spring to the Internet of Things, networks are enabling new connections and opening up new possibilities. Yet organizations and sectors are stuck in old siloed models, progress thwarted by lack of integration and coherence.
The key is network perception — seeing the world through the lens of interdependence and genuine connection — and using that vision to rally internally and externally around common goals. Networks serve as “synapses” enabling whole systems to learn, grow and evolve.
Because everything’s connected and networked, there’s nowhere to hide. Expect significantly higher levels of transparency and exposure in the years to come.
Ask yourself: what should your organization or sector stop doing, start doing, or change in this increasingly exposed environment? Does your structure support open, authentic behavior and stakeholder dialogue? How can we use transparency productively to boost competitiveness and create healthy shifts in our social and environmental systems?
Our economic engine is built on a faulty theory of unlimited resources, unlimited debt, and uncapped growth potential. We have created a disposable, consumption culture that fundamentally cannot be sustained.
New thrifty models are emerging like the Sharing and Circular Economies that will have profound impact on large, established organizations, and will create new opportunities for collaborative ecosystems. “Job to be done” versus “what we make” will be the new mode of operation and design in the coming years.
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