An invitation to innovation
Let’s talk about

 The trouble we have today with collaboration,
 competition and just plain survival
 An organizational m...
A few problems



There are several factors that make working together
difficult today — and it’s not easy alone, either
A few problems
 APTI is stressed by the substantial operating cash
 subsidy from local service to statewide service



   ...
A few problems
     Conflicts over APRN ownership and management
     model persist 4 years after the merger
              ...
A few problems
     Limited State funding creates unhealthy competition
     between stations
                            ...
A few problems
                          Costs   Revenues

rising station costs
falling state revenue
diminishing underwri...
A few problems

Largest potential source of money—the State—has not
been overly generous in recent years
Access to money m...
Bottom line

We must find more resources and build resilient
strength (competition)
We must end our conflicts (cooperation)
...
What if a new approach...
 Fostered maximum autonomy for members
 and simple cooperation at every scale
 Eliminated most c...
chaordic organization
   chaos + order = chaord
Living systems thrive in a narrow band between
     chaos and order …


      CHAOS           ORDER         CONTROL




  ...
A Chaord Is

         Any organism, organization or
         system that is:
              Self-organizing
CHAORD         ...
Chaordic Organizations
              !   Enduring in purpose and principle.
              !   Powered from the periphery,
...
Chaordic organization

 Pioneered by Dee Hock, founder of Visa International,
 about 40 years ago
 An organization that se...
Visa International
 Problem: value transfer system in a world of competing
 banks plus millions of consumers and merchants...
Visa International

 A Delaware for-profit, non-stock membership
 corporation, with ownership held in the form of
 irrevoca...
Holding Company




                  Ownership




                              ©2001, The Chaordic Commons
Inside-Out Holding Company




                  Ownership




                              ©2001, The Chaordic Commons
Umbrella Organization




                        Give up autonomy
                         to leverage joint
            ...
Upside-Down Umbrella Organization

                        Freedom to grow
                           from shared
        ...
ut ion                                                          ion
                                                      ...
If we built a natural network
 What would it be like?
 How would we get there?
 What mission                              ...
A shared mission would

attract the bulk of current APRN stations and staff
attract new members to the network with a natu...
One possible mission
Inform
provide information in context
Connect
bring people and resources together around issues
relev...
Development phase
early pool formed mostly
by legacy APRN                             APTI


filled with traditional       ...
Expansion over time
pool draws in additional                     commercial station


members                             ...
Members beyond APRN
public television   foundations
libraries           new media orgs
commercial media    Alaska Native c...
Okay... so now what?
A modest proposal

Let’s design an organization to facilitate sharing and
distribution of public service media focused upo...
An invitation to innovation
 We have the seeds of an idea and have found a
 compelling model to explore
 There’s a lot to ...
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Presentation given to APTI Board of directors and APRN member stations in mid-November 2008 in Anchorage, Alaska. It presents an alternative organizing notion -- the "chaordic" organization -- as a way of collaborating statewide on public service via media.

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APRN Chaordic Option

  1. 1. An invitation to innovation
  2. 2. Let’s talk about The trouble we have today with collaboration, competition and just plain survival An organizational model that might solve our problems and offer new opportunities to serve Alaskans An invitation to explore this new world together
  3. 3. A few problems There are several factors that make working together difficult today — and it’s not easy alone, either
  4. 4. A few problems APTI is stressed by the substantial operating cash subsidy from local service to statewide service KSKA KAKM $ $ limited local service APRN limited local service statewide service maintained
  5. 5. A few problems Conflicts over APRN ownership and management model persist 4 years after the merger station station APRN station station (APTI) station station station station station station station station
  6. 6. A few problems Limited State funding creates unhealthy competition between stations station station APBC station station (GAR) station station station station station station station station
  7. 7. A few problems Costs Revenues rising station costs falling state revenue diminishing underwriter capacity as-yet unknown impacts on donors
  8. 8. A few problems Largest potential source of money—the State—has not been overly generous in recent years Access to money made tougher by ever-expanding media market, blunting our traditional case for support Everyone wants more flexibility, lower fixed costs, more control and independence, more value But today’s APRN makes this hard to deliver
  9. 9. Bottom line We must find more resources and build resilient strength (competition) We must end our conflicts (cooperation) Our top-down organization model doesn’t help We need a new way to organize ourselves
  10. 10. What if a new approach... Fostered maximum autonomy for members and simple cooperation at every scale Eliminated most conflicts over power and money Helped participants with a shared mission but couldn’t interfere with local missions Brought new members and new support to the table Built a new case for support based on deep public service with measurable impact
  11. 11. chaordic organization chaos + order = chaord
  12. 12. Living systems thrive in a narrow band between chaos and order … CHAOS ORDER CONTROL CHAORD (kay-ord)
  13. 13. A Chaord Is Any organism, organization or system that is: Self-organizing CHAORD Self-governing Adaptive Nonlinear Complex
  14. 14. Chaordic Organizations ! Enduring in purpose and principle. ! Powered from the periphery, unified from the core. ! Exist to enable constituent parts. ! Equitably distribute power, rights, responsibilities and rewards. ! Fluid webs of cooperation and competition. ! Cannot be managed, can only be led. ©2001, Chaordic Commons
  15. 15. Chaordic organization Pioneered by Dee Hock, founder of Visa International, about 40 years ago An organization that serves members in a common mission, but leaves members autonomous Based upon natural / biological principles, rather than top-down industrial era management notions Allows participation by any entity committed to the shared mission
  16. 16. Visa International Problem: value transfer system in a world of competing banks plus millions of consumers and merchants No single bank could solve the problem without building out at huge risk or by owning all banks Multiple banks founded Visa with a unified mission Bank / merchant / consumer problem solved Prevented merging for scale or competing to death
  17. 17. Visa International A Delaware for-profit, non-stock membership corporation, with ownership held in the form of irrevocable rights of participation An inside-out holding company An enabling institution —Chaordic Commons
  18. 18. Holding Company Ownership ©2001, The Chaordic Commons
  19. 19. Inside-Out Holding Company Ownership ©2001, The Chaordic Commons
  20. 20. Umbrella Organization Give up autonomy to leverage joint influence ©2001, The Chaordic Commons
  21. 21. Upside-Down Umbrella Organization Freedom to grow from shared infrastructure ©2001, The Chaordic Commons
  22. 22. ut ion ion s is trib m is ie rd red my s s ha o ea ing u ton d ra b ran m be c o- me What if we created our own “Visa” for public service media in Alaska? e a ng h xc n& te a tio n n ten or titio m co b lla pe or et co om l atf rk c o np n ma e o mm op c
  23. 23. If we built a natural network What would it be like? How would we get there? What mission APTI would we share? other org station station other org APTI facilitator station station station pool
  24. 24. A shared mission would attract the bulk of current APRN stations and staff attract new members to the network with a natural inclination for the shared mission focus on positive, measurable community impact draw new support to members be platform- and distribution-agnostic
  25. 25. One possible mission Inform provide information in context Connect bring people and resources together around issues relevant to our communities So that Alaskans can act we enable action (but don’t do the work), then measure the impact
  26. 26. Development phase early pool formed mostly by legacy APRN APTI filled with traditional other station content and services founders setup station other constitution, facilitator shared mission station station requires funding station and facilitator pool
  27. 27. Expansion over time pool draws in additional commercial station members APTI independent reporter technical platform other station grows new members join station other governance facilitator museum facilitator role station station grows, never station produces products pool nonprofit new media org
  28. 28. Members beyond APRN public television foundations libraries new media orgs commercial media Alaska Native cultural organizations United Way, other nonprofits schools, universities museums local government
  29. 29. Okay... so now what?
  30. 30. A modest proposal Let’s design an organization to facilitate sharing and distribution of public service media focused upon Alaskan people, communities and issues Let’s define a shared mission for the organization that incorporates legacy values of APRN, but opens the platform to any member subscribing to the mission
  31. 31. An invitation to innovation We have the seeds of an idea and have found a compelling model to explore There’s a lot to figure out and it needs more ideas from more people to develop We invite interested parties to get in touch with us We’d like to start exploration in January The exploratory group would be small and ideally include 1 or 2 from outside APRN

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