As you probably know by now, I’ve been hard at work writing a book. It is called SuperOrganizations: Nature’s Game-Changing Guide To Faster, Smarter, More Valuable Companies, and it asks the question, “How would nature design a company?” (or a community, or a collaborative endeavor of any kind). I’m crowd-funding publication using Kickstarter, and I have been beyond thrilled and delighted at the level of support from so many of you! Thank you SO much, each and every one of you (and don’t worry, this is my last email on the subject)!
For those of you who don’t know, I’m an evolutionary biologist and primatologist. I’ve spent 25 years studying the evolution of social systems. I know the simple rules used by ants, honeybees and other animal collaborators, and also how apes and monkeys (and people) think. My experiences have coalesced into a set of principles that living creatures use to accelerate adaptation and create collaboration. These principles apply nicely to our own societies: not just metaphorically, but in tangible, applicable, powerful ways.
Success is tantalizingly within reach for this book! As of today, I am 85% funded ($13k), with a little over $2,000 to go before November 25. If I meet my goal ($15K), I produce the book now. If I don’t, I get nothing, and the book stays on my desktop until I regroup.
If you haven’t yet, would you consider contributing, or pre-ordering the book, or sharing this with your network? Your support in this final week means a tremendous amount to me.
I have a second announcement as well! This effort has attracted a lot of interest from a variety of change-makers, and many exciting collaborative projects are underway. Among the most exciting is this:
John McDonald, CEO at Partners for Innovative Community, Inc., a community-based non-profit, has agreed that he will join me as co-editor (and a co-author) of this book, with the full backing and blessing of the Partners.
This collaboration is extremely exciting to me, because it means this book will be much richer and deeper than originally conceived. My principles of collaboration from super-organisms will be complemented by John and the Partners’ ability and commitment to actually implement them! The result will be a book that delivers theory, a technology platform, bio-inspired GatheringPlacesTM, and a tangible set of actionable tools to create the kinds of powerful and sustainable collaborative ecosystems that take hundreds of millions of years to evolve genetically.
John’s commitment to and success in enabling innovative communities is deep and proven. He has 50 years experience working with for-profit and not-for-profit companies and communities organizing, creating, and managing successful large-scale private-public collaborative infrastructures. He is a true visionary and a tireless advocate for social justice and innovation.
I hope you find these announcements as exciting as I do! If you find our project compelling, please consider supporting us on Kickstarter, or send out a quick email or post to your social network to spread the word.
I believe the human revolution starts from hundreds of tiny local actions like this one, and I hope you will join in! Thanks for all your amazing support!
Dr. Tamsin Woolley-Barker
PS. If you would like to know more about my work, please visit my blog at http://www.BioInspiredInk.com, read any of my articles at http://www.Inhabitat.com/authors/tamsin, or watch these videos I recently recorded for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation: http://thinkdif.co/emf-stages/biomimicry-unveiled. For more on John McDonald and the Partners for Innovative Community, Inc. please visit http://www.linkedin.com/in/proadvisors/