I was inspired by the beautiful book by Jonathan Zittrain The Future of the Internet, where the two concepts of generativity and appliancization are introduced.
I already explained the concepts in my other post Appliancized Workforce No More. Here I want to explore possible ways of de-appliancizing the workforce, and I will do it building on the 5 characteristics of a generative system:
- Ease of Mastery
A generative system has leverage, in the sense that it leverages existing resources and capabilities. For an employee this means that the company has to be able to recognize the employees resources and capabilities and help leverage them.
A generative system is adaptable, that is it can change its operations to adapt to circumstances. This is often required of an employee in day-to-day activity, but it's not explicitly looked for at hiring time.
Ease of mastery for employees could refer to leaving them sufficient scope to leverage their assets. Or also to providing them the tools to implement innovation experiments.
Accessibility refers to how available or accessible is the system for creating innovation. From employees perspective it refers to making it easy to think and propose an experiment for innovation.
Transferability refers to the ability of a system to replicate in different situations. From employees perspective it refers to creating a knowledge base of lessons learned that is shared across the organization.
I'll build on these concepts in future posts, following the developments of the hackathon.