Episode 14

What are the real powers of communities?


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In our fourteenth episode, our guests discuss the power of communities.


Welcoming Our Guests

We were honored to welcome our panel of special guests eager to discuss how communities are evolving and empowering society changes.

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Canay Ataley is a keynote speaker, global cultural innovation strategist, conscious business model designer, and content creator. She assists global brands, startups, companies, and organizations with cutting edge open innovation strategy using new methodologies to re-invent and transform business. She is the co-founder of Human Works, a company that creates learning programs and experiences that facilitate innovation in the fields of conscious learning, technology, sustainability and inclusiveness. Canay is the founder of Children First World, a ground-breaking movement creating awareness for the inclusion of children and teenagers, a children-first approach to design and innovation, and encouraging people to awaken the inner child within all of us.

Rachel Happe is the Co-Founder and Principal of The Community Roundtable, created to support business leaders developing their community and social business strategies. Rachel has spent the last 20 years helping organizations implement emerging technologies to advance their business strategies. Top tier clients benefit from Rachel’s ability to make sense of abstract trends and her ability to see the implications that technical and operational decisions can have on people and processes. She understands how networked communications environments can transform how people work, their productivity and their personal satisfaction by aligning their passions, skills and relationships.


Michel Bauwens is the founder and Vision Coordinator of the P2P Foundation and works in collaboration with a global group of researchers in the exploration of peer production, governance, and property. He is a best-selling writer, researcher and conference speaker on the subject of technology, culture, and business innovation. Michel travels extensively giving workshops and lectures on P2P and the Commons as emergent paradigms and the opportunities they present to move towards a post-capitalist world. Michel is also the director of research of CommonsTransition.org. a platform for policy development aimed toward a society of the Commons and a founding member of the Commons Strategies Group, with Silke Helfrich and David Bollier, who have organised major global conferences on the commons and economics. 


Richard D. Bartlett is the co-founder of Loomio, a digital tool for deliberation and decision-making for groups of 3-300 people. He is the co-founder of The Hum, a consulting company that offers online training & practical guidance for decentralised organisations. Richard writes about how we work together, at any scale, from relationships to organisations, to facilitate social change on Medium.com. He is the author of Patterns for Decentralised Organising, sharing solutions to the most common failure points of collaborative groups.


We started off our discussion with Richard reminding us that “Communities are the space to create Culture”.


When we are part of organizations where diversity is “a bug not a feature” and “an exception to be managed” as pointed out by Rachel, it clearly shows an opportunity for leaders to co-design with an engaged and connected community of people. 


Leaders can be storytellers, using technology that enables connected communities, in order to bring forth a partnership model versus one based on dominance. It all starts with open collaboration, driven by a shared desire and a common set of values.


Implementing distributed or fluid leadership brings a new, emotion-focused approach to the way we work together. We find the joy of relationships within ourselves and with others as we progressively delve deeper and “unlearn” in order to truly listen. 


By balancing the different “characters” of our inner selves, we discover new, dynamic systems we can apply in communities to help all members thrive.


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