Some friends are coming together to learn then practice what they can in the context of new work / evolutionary organizations.
I won't define either term. It's currently beyond me, and it's ever evolving. I feel like every time I turn my head it's 'evolved'. So I'll speak to what isn't measured. Which is feeling.
What does an "evolutionary organization" feel like?
First, I need to better understand the terms, I feel like my English has devolved of late, as I find myself using words with lil dude that I then try to simplify further and further until the concept of a word starts to hurt my head.
Here are some copy pasted definitions. Yay Internet!
According to Merriam-Webster:
Definition of evolution
1a : descent with modification from preexisting species : cumulative inherited change in a population of organisms through time leading to the appearance of new forms : the process by which new species or populations of living things develop from preexisting forms through successive generations. Mmmmm, are organizations alive? I guess they're as alive as the mind flayer from Stranger Things. Taking things in nature, horrifically disassembling them, and uniformly repurposing them for it's own needs.
2a : a process of change in a certain direction : UNFOLDING. This one makes sense, I'll take it.
c(1) : a process of continuous change from a lower, simpler, or worse to a higher, more complex, or better state : GROWTH. This is what I think most people strive for. I'll take it.
(2) : a process of gradual and relatively peaceful social, political, and economic advance. Sure, that makes sense.
And now Organizations
Definition of organization (Entry 1 of 2)
1a : the act or process of organizing or of being organized. Straightforward.
b : the condition or manner of being organized
a group with a high degree of organization. Don't see a large difference between 'a' and 'b', but ok.
: ASSOCIATION, SOCIETY
b : an administrative and functional structure (such as a business or a political party). This is probably what most people understand organizations to be.
Definition of organization (Entry 2 of 2)
: characterized by complete conformity to the standards and requirements of an organization, an organization man. Sounds like an outcome of being a part of organizations. ok.
So put it all together and we have.
UNFOLDING GROWTH through a process of gradual and relatively peaceful social, political, and economic advance utilizing an administrative and functional structure.
The evolution part is rockin', but the organization part just doesn't seem to jive and falls flat. Right?
Some cursory digging and I learn the word organization to have the meaning 'system or establishment' as early as 1873, prior to that, in medieval English, it just meant "an act of organizing".
What am I getting at. I'm not sure, it could be nothing. And because I've not spent enough time digging, I'm going back to feelings.
I feel like belonging to something that leads to unfolding growth, not something that is an administrative and functional structure. I feel like being part of a process of continous change that serves and not just being part of a system or establishment. I feel like surrounding myself with people that ask questions, good questions, and then go and find answers, and then tell each other what went well and what didn't. I'd love it if that process led to a gradual relatively peaceful social, political, and economic advance. I want there to be recognition, that time is finite, life is to be lived, and if what I work on is not complete in my lifetime, then it continues in someone else's. So if I can share something that will speed up your work. I will.
What do you feel like surrounding yourself with?