In 2011, my work focused on organizational and societal development, and its measurement. Here are some professional highlights from 2011, in chronological order. I'm deeply grateful for my teammates and partners, and for those who made these opportunities possible.
(1) I taught Organizational Behavior to 1st Year MBA students, most of whom were military veterans, and all of whom had limited business experience. I'd characterize the students as under-educated (only one could write well), highly motivated, and what I think of as "lawful": prefering discipline, order, and a strongly-normed environment. I learned that the first item of the curriculum is to learn how to learn from someone like me. I also came away from the process feeling like the entire approach to traditionally conceived Organizational Behavior needs to change drastically.
(2) I helped develop the Deliberative Society, a brand new service offering, based on over a decade of work at the Center for Deliberative Democracy with Reframe It software. This was instantiated at a major consulting firm as a trial offering. As a "support" member of the team, I collaborated in thinking through the productization of the offering, built some knowledge in the domain, and became familiar again with the culture of Top 4 consulting firms.
(3) I launched (heh!) Winged Pigs with Eric Grant, focusing on offerings to help startups deal with non-product related issues that can make or break its success. Our strengths are in organizational design, facilitating interpersonal dynamics and agile process design, and its measurement. There was a lot of encouragement but we ended the year without having successfully landed a VC portfolio company client. My business development skills evolved over the year; I believe we would have been more successful had I known then what I know now.
(4) I presented "Measuring Life," which is really an introduction to new economic thinking at TEDxHayward, a joint venture of CSUEB and Stanford University. I was happy to hear feedback that my talk was conceptually understandable and well-delivered. This is a growth area for me.
(5) I organized the Technology Track for the SoCap11, the Social Capital Markets conference with 1500 attendees over three days. The Technology Track was one of seven tracks. Highlights included Jay Nath, the Director of Innovation for the City and County of San Francisco talking about opening data sets and Jamais Cascio from Institute for the Future previewing his thoughts on an upcoming book showcasing the future in 50 years as well as some fascinating panels curated by the UN Foundation and Innosight. I enjoyed this tremendously - the right combination of management, interpersonal interactions, and creativity. I wish I had had more time - there is such great work going on (those are five separate links); a lot to curate.
Finally, and overarchingly, I became involved in several Communities of Innovation, particularly the Innovating Finance group, which has been guided by the success of the WWF UK and ICAEW Finance Innovation Lab. I'm noticing patterns here that I suspect will continue to reinforce each other in the new year.
I look forward to 2012!