In this getAbstract summary, you will learn: What a “chaordic” organization is; How to create one; Why purpose – not profit – must drive the development of. This is the story of how VISA International was conceived, founded and established. It challenges the ideas and radical philosophy about the nature of the world. This is one of Dee Hock’s favourite tricks to play on an audience. “How many of you recognize this?” he asks, holding out his own Visa card.

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Evolution is rarely so cruel. By then, peeling such a mental onion by asking hundreds of layered questions was not only habit, it was recreation. We rented cheap space in a suburban building and dispensed with leasehold improvements in favor of medical curtains on rolling frames for the limited spatial separation required. Efficient solar collectors durable enough to repave highways and parking lots chaoordic to surface buildings.

No societal, commercial or governmental endeavor has ever existed without at least some combination of the two. During the next fifty years, an infinite variety of Chaordic organizations must emergeeconomic, political and social. The Victim of Success. In Birth of the Chaordic Age, Hock illustrates this type of organization, one that blends chaos and order.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Suddenly, with the revolution in microelectronic technology, in less than 20 short years, we have on the order of a thousand times better algorithms,times more computing capacity per individual and million times more mobility of information. Nature does it all with chaordic organization-a complex, diverse flow of information that chaordically mobilizes physical materials into both animate and inanimate forms.

The system came up on time, under budget and exceeded all operating objectives. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of It began to tail off by the end, but his writing and explanations are fantastic. Excitement about doing the impossible increased, and a community based on purpose, principle and people arose. Cooperation gone mad results in the mindless pursuit of equality, then uniformity, use of centralized force to achieve it, ever increasing coercion, and eventual slavery.


The Industrial Age trend toward stultifying, degrading, rote work that gradually reduces people to the compliant, subordinate behavior one expects from a well trained horse cannot continue.

Birth of the Chaordic Age

Such Herculean effort meant that at any time, anyone’s task could fall behind and emerge on the wrong side of the string. Terror in the Name of God: The Coming Era of Nanotechnology, K. That is the question that can cuaordic us as a people.

It was a foundation of commitment and practice from which the global Visa communication chxordic evolved. The Corporation or the Cane? Most will evolve, however slowly and painfully, into a form in which power, wealth and information are more widely dispersed and commonly shared.

One of the best books on the future of companies out there. Apr 29, Karen rated it liked it.

Organizations have too long aped the traditional mechanistic, military model wherein obedience to orders is paramount and individual behavior or independent bkrth frowned upon, if not altogether forbidden. Bjrth suitable to the enormous increase in societal diversity and complexity brought about by the explosion of the capacity to receive, utilize, store, transform and transmit information.

Wendy Bailey rated it it was amazing Apr 16, As each task was completed, its scrap of paper would be removed. This excerpt from Chapter 12 begins with the earliest incarnation of Visa International announcing its intent to build a proprietary, competitive system for the electronic authorization of sales and the clearance of transactions and payments.


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It does not require anointed or certified experts at all. Jun 10, Ed Res rated it it was amazing. Be the first to ask a question about Birth of the Chaordic Age.

To be able to get one’s own work done and help another became a sought-after privilege. Organizations capable of restoring and maintaining harmony between themselves, the environment, and the human spirit.

In time, a new perception gradually emerged, based upon trying to understand the history and effect of a single, fascinating capacity: People astonished themselves at what they could accomplish and were amazed at the suppressed talents that emerged in others.

Dec 31, Julene rated it it was amazing. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. We are facing an explosion of societal diversity and complexity hundreds of times greater than we now experience or can yet imagine.

It forced the industry to abandon notions of natural monopoly, to innovate and create other systems. Individuality, self-worth, ingenuity and creativity flourished; and as they did, so did the sense of belonging to something larger than one’s self, something beyond immediate gain and monetary gratification.

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The following months were among the most exciting in the history of the company. It holds true from neutrino, chzordic nucleus, to atom, to amino acids, to proteins, to molecules, to cells, to organs, to organisms. Oct 13, Jud Valeski rated it it was amazing.