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.

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Global Voices: Organization or network?

  1. 1. Global Voices Organization or Network?
  2. 2. #occupyGV
  3. 3. OrganizationDefinition: hierarchy with clear structures, rules anddecision-making processes, as e.g. an NGO, a politicalparty etc. #occupyGV
  4. 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. 5. NetworkDefinition: work reflects a complex environment on variousissues in open-ended innovative processes. Informal, byconsensus. #occupyGV
  6. 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. 7. And what about GV?Source: GV Summit 2010 #occupyGV
  8. 8. But GV is also a networkSource: GV Summit 2010 #occupyGV
  9. 9. GV mockup in 2012Courtesy: Gohary #occupyGV
  10. 10. GV is a hybrid + Resources Tasks #occupyGV
  11. 11. GV is a hybrid: dynamics Tasks increase, (relative) resources decrease #occupyGV
  12. 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. 13. Should content decide organization, or should organization decide content?Organization decides content #occupyGV
  14. 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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