Open Seminar “Organizational Forms of the Future” in Hünfelden

This open-format workshop was also held at the premises of the Monastery of Gnadenthal. After very briefly discussing phenomena of traditional organizations including inefficiency, informal power structures, political tactics and tedious meetings, we started looking into alternatives to hierarchical pyramid-type organizations.
We then explored the topic by watching a video clip taken from the movie “My wonderful workplace” by the French-German television network ARTE. The movie illustrates how employees who work in an evolutionary organization feel activated and relieved.

It also became clear that such modern organizations are characterized by a much higher power to innovate and a greater resilience than traditional organizations. They need much less or even no hierarchy levels and, most interestingly, they all are very successfully and highly profitable.

Alternative concepts such as Sociocracy, Holacracy and evolutionary organizations as defined by Frederic Laloux find solutions to aspects like decision-making, exchange of information, remuneration, incentives and meeting structures that are very much different to the previously known solutions. They allow us – the employees – to contribute more from us as human beings and even go as far as shaping the organization based on its evolutionary sense instead of purely maximizing profits. In line with the monastery’s truly special atmosphere, we discussed aspects such as being human, trust, wholeness and ecological responsibility.

Towards the end of the workshop day, the participants were split into two teams and designed their own evolutionary organization based on a case study.

Andrea SchmittInnovationstrainerinAm Mittelpfad 24aD 65520 Bad Camberg+49 64 34-905 997+49 175 5196446
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