See also a growing list of resources on delicious.

The following are references made in the book, with full links to more information here.

Chapter 2

Daniel Pink explains in an “RSA Animate”

Nilofer Merchant authored a series of articles on this observation under the title “The Social Era” in the Harvard Business Review blog, which became a book, 11 Rules for Creating Value in the #SocialEra.

She writes, “Because it has shown up in bits and pieces, via freemium models, crowdsourcing, online communities, virtual workforces, social networks, and so on, it is easy to miss how much the overall context has changed for the way value is created.”

The Cluetrain Manifesto

push model – Push v Pull and John Hagel et al book, The Power of Pull

Elinor Ostrom and her associates

Albert-László Barabási, Linked

Dunbar’s number

Mark Changizi

Mutual self-interest means that we willingly engage in a group or team because we benefit in a way that matters to us.

Paying forward

Alex Pentland, Social Physics: How Good Ideas Spread—The Lessons from a New Science

The Origin of Wealth, Eric Beinhocker

Terrence Deacon, Incomplete Nature: How Mind Emerged from Matter

Action Spectrum

Chapter 3

Tribal Leadership, Dave Logan and John King

Daniel Kahneman, Thinking Fast and Slow

Thomas Kuhn, Structure of Scientific Revolutions

Thomas Piketty, Capital in the 21st Century

Denise Schmandt-Besserat, How Writing Came About

Basic Income Y Combinator research project





Air sandwiches Nilofer Merchant

The Economist reported in January 2013 that: “High levels of unemployment in Western countries after the 2007-2008 financial crisis have made the public in many countries so hostile towards offshoring that many companies are now reluctant to engage in it.” Some have suggested “reshoring” as a reframe, claiming reduced shipping cost as an advantage.

Thomas Osenton,The Death of Demand: Finding Growth in a Saturated Global Economy

  1. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne, Blue Ocean Strategy: Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant

adjacent possible

The New How: Creating Business Solutions Through Collaborative Strategy, Nilofer Merchant

John Hagel, The Power of Pull: How Small Moves, Smartly Made, Can Set Big Things In Motion

Narratives, according to John Hagel (blog posts)

Rainer Maria Rilke (link to poem we borrowed from)

Chapter 4

Efficiency, written by Jerry Michalski, Thrivability Sketch

Creativity by Joe Bill, Thrivability Sketch


personal kanban


Primary Social Motives (PSM) approach as researched by McClelland and others.

Daniel Pink, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us [Ted talk]

Jonathan Haidt describes in his work The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion

Frederic Laloux, Reinventing Organizations


Paul Saffo offers Six Rules for Effective Forecasting (article)

Delphi Method

Scenario Planning

Three Horizons

Nassim Taleb

Prof. Marten Scheffer of Wageningen University in the Netherlands studies complex systems in biology and society.

Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness, Cass R. Sunstein and Richard H. Thaler

TEDx talk in Amsterdam, researcher Henk Jan Honigh

Stuart Kauffman

Part 3 – Introduction

Henry Mintzberg, The Structure of Organizations

Social technology and physical technology – compare and contrast chart

heterarchical organizations

Sharing Economy

Peer-production systems

Santa Fe Institute

unscaling, Peter Vander Auwera

Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs)

Sovereign Accountable Commons

Chapter 5

Alan Schore

Liberating Structures: Simple Rules to Unleash a Culture of Innovation by Henri Lipmanowicz and Keith McCandless


tyranny of structurelessness

Chapter 6

Deanna Zandt, author of Share This! How You Will Change the World with Social Networking

Benjamin Ellis, founding director at SocialOptic

Daniel Mezick, author of The Culture Game

Agile Methodologies

Standup meetings

Nicole Lazzaro, 4 Keys to Fun

Jane McGonigal, Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make us Better and How they Can Change the World

Current-Sees: Current-Sees is a mnemonic to keep in mind that it is not (just) money but a method of making social flows and the processes associated with the flow visible, traceable, storable, and sometimes transferable.

positive deviance

Participatory decision-making


Roman poet Juvenal: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes

Arno Hesse, Founder of Credibles

Edgeryders, Unmonasteries, LOTE—Living on the Edge

Governing the Commons, Nobel-prize winner Elinor Ostrom

Jaap Peters (Romans v Anglo-Saxons)

Prashant Mittal (on tension)

Chapter 7

Chris Messina hashtags – on Quora

Martin Geddes

micro formats

Chapter 8

Social Physics, Alex Pentland

Donella Meadows

impact assessment

Action Spectrum ???

Research by Valarie Zeithaml et al. ???


Julius Rosenwald

Research Analyst Steve Kamman ???


Dan Pink


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