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Global Voices: Organization or network?

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Presentation of organizational challenges for the Global Voices community, forming the basis for discussion and brainstorming at the 2012 Global Voices Summit in Nairobi.

Presentation of organizational challenges for the Global Voices community, forming the basis for discussion and brainstorming at the 2012 Global Voices Summit in Nairobi.

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  • 1. Global Voices Organization or Network?
  • 2. #occupyGV
  • 3. OrganizationDefinition: hierarchy with clear structures, rules anddecision-making processes, as e.g. an NGO, a politicalparty etc. #occupyGV
  • 4. Organization Weaknesses Strengths * One size fits nobody* Cohesion * Over-managing* Sustains growth growth* Clear routes of * Top-heavydecision * Bureaucracy grows* Resources by itself* Good potential for * Formal leadershipleadership threatens open culture #occupyGV
  • 5. NetworkDefinition: work reflects a complex environment on variousissues in open-ended innovative processes. Informal, byconsensus. #occupyGV
  • 6. Network Strengths Weaknesses* Relative freedom of * Fragmentation * Uneven/Organic growthinitiative * Lack of leaders/* Focused growth -> Stress -> bad decisionsexcellence in specific areas * Too much work* Tasks prioritize * Who decides what corethemselves activities are?* Focus on core activities * Informal leaders exert* Egalitarian culture disproportionate influence. Lack of critical approach. #occupyGV
  • 7. And what about GV?Source: GV Summit 2010 #occupyGV
  • 8. But GV is also a networkSource: GV Summit 2010 #occupyGV
  • 9. GV mockup in 2012Courtesy: Gohary #occupyGV
  • 10. GV is a hybrid + Resources Tasks #occupyGV
  • 11. GV is a hybrid: dynamics Tasks increase, (relative) resources decrease #occupyGV
  • 12. GV is a hybrid: dynamics Tasks really increase, resources get scarcer:less time to train, less time to focus on core activities #occupyGV
  • 13. Should content decide organization, or should organization decide content?Organization decides content #occupyGV
  • 14. GV is a hybrid: themes & teams1. Structural challenges, rewards – RAYNA2. Leadership vs. Management? – MARTA3. Interactions & communication – VILHELM +GOHARY4. Training/mentorship, careers – CLAIRE +SUZANNE #occupyGV

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