Center for Human Emergence developing and applying Meshwork approach for collaboration on complex transformations

Organization: Center for Human Emergence
Website: humanemergence.org
Author: Wout Jan Koridon

A meshwork approach facilitates self-organisation, using the ‘wisdom of the crowd’ to find the simple projects, knowledge and communities of practice to achieve a complex task. A complex multi-stakeholder project is translated into an appropriate hierarchy of pillars (areas for collaboration) and conditions (which must be met to achieve success). In the case of a cross-cutting sustainability program, these pillars are Center for Human Emergencelikely to be the cross-cutting sustainability projects which make up the program. A meshwork support process works from the core purpose (e.g. sustainability), identifying pillars to support that purpose, conditions that need to be in place for a pillar to be strong, action that puts those conditions in place, and best practices that can formulate action in other parts of an organisation or sector.

In simple terms, this approach gets every person and participating organisation(s) ‘on the same page’ understanding where they fit and their role in a larger functional whole.
Each person is motivated by the program goal and understands where they fit in the larger program and where they can find the people, knowledge and resources to achieve program results.


  • Brad James

    Innovative thinking and creativity is gr8, ty. I must admit I don’t really ‘get it’ Feels a more mechanical, homogeneous, heir-achy than organic story. I’m not quite sure if this is really a ‘crowd system’ at work here?

    So, I guess I’m confused and being critical. I’d rather be encouraging and value creativity and acknowledge the work, engagement and passion here, so keep it coming. B

  • Brad James

    Innovative thinking and creativity is gr8, ty. I must admit I don’t really ‘get it’ Feels a more mechanical, homogeneous, heir-achy than organic story. I’m not quite sure if this is really a ‘crowd system’ at work here?

    So, I guess I’m confused and being critical. I’d rather be encouraging and value creativity and acknowledge the work, engagement and passion here, so keep it coming. B

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