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An invitation to innovation
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
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



     KSKA                                                          KAKM
                        $                                  $
limited local service                APRN                      limited local service




                            statewide service maintained
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
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
A few problems
                          Costs   Revenues

rising station costs
falling state revenue
diminishing underwriter
capacity
as-yet unknown
impacts on donors
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
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
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
chaordic organization
   chaos + order = chaord
Living systems thrive in a narrow band between
     chaos and order …


      CHAOS           ORDER         CONTROL




         CHAORD (kay-ord)
A Chaord Is

         Any organism, organization or
         system that is:
              Self-organizing
CHAORD         Self-governing
                 Adaptive
                   Nonlinear
                      Complex
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
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
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
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
Holding Company




                  Ownership




                              ©2001, The Chaordic Commons
Inside-Out Holding Company




                  Ownership




                              ©2001, The Chaordic Commons
Umbrella Organization




                        Give up autonomy
                         to leverage joint
                             influence


                                  ©2001, The Chaordic Commons
Upside-Down Umbrella Organization

                        Freedom to grow
                           from shared
                          infrastructure




                                ©2001, The Chaordic Commons
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     What if we created our own
     “Visa” for public service
     media in Alaska?
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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
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
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
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
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
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
Okay... so now what?
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
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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APRN Chaordic Option

  • 1. An invitation to innovation
  • 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. A few problems There are several factors that make working together difficult today — and it’s not easy alone, either
  • 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. 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. 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. A few problems Costs Revenues rising station costs falling state revenue diminishing underwriter capacity as-yet unknown impacts on donors
  • 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. 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. 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. chaordic organization chaos + order = chaord
  • 12. Living systems thrive in a narrow band between chaos and order … CHAOS ORDER CONTROL CHAORD (kay-ord)
  • 13. A Chaord Is Any organism, organization or system that is: Self-organizing CHAORD Self-governing Adaptive Nonlinear Complex
  • 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. 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. 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. 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. Holding Company Ownership ©2001, The Chaordic Commons
  • 19. Inside-Out Holding Company Ownership ©2001, The Chaordic Commons
  • 20. Umbrella Organization Give up autonomy to leverage joint influence ©2001, The Chaordic Commons
  • 21. Upside-Down Umbrella Organization Freedom to grow from shared infrastructure ©2001, The Chaordic Commons
  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Okay... so now what?
  • 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. 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