My friend, Nancy came to Denver to attend the Institute for Challenging Disorganization conference.
Now Nancy Castelli is the CEO of BALANCE: Turning Matter Into Energy, and a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO). She explains in this blog post why I am not a compulsive hoarder, but I find the process of organizing, disorganizing, and reorganizing, to be fascinating. Not so much focused on my personal organization habits, but how does a town reorganize after a national disaster? How can the organization prepare for a more resilient future?
Thresholds of Organization:
Why is Organized Crime is Worse than Disorganized Crime?
When people cooperate and work together, the result is very powerful. When the organization’s mission is crime, well, that would be bad. Indeed, human nature’s ability to organize itself is perhaps the single most powerful aspect of our species. It even put a man on the moon. (On the other hand, we landed on the moon well before we thought to put wheels on suitcases.)
It reminds me of the Austin Powers scene where Dr. Evil is in a planning meeting. Just as we recognize that Dr. Evil’s organized crime ring is obviously not good for our community, we are often skeptical of our own government’s power, simply because it is organized, and can accomplish many things, some of which we may not want. Yet we expect our government to plan for public safety, like protecting our citizens from being trampled to death at a Who concert in Cincinnati.
All of this was going through my mind, as I sat and watched the presenters at the state Capitol for the Rebuild Right campaign, sponsored by the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado.
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Our community has had many forms of organizations, and back in 2011, I had to create this Nederland Mind Map in order to organize them in my own mind.Some people believe that we live in the mountains to get away from corporate and governmental organization. I’ve also sited an example where The Inter-Mountain Alliance could also be perceived as an organization determined not to fall into the trap of becoming an organization.
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#NedZero grows Feng Shui from Chaos
On May 19, 2015, the Nederland Board of Trustees unanimously approved its continued support for the #NedZero community engagement tool. This is a state-of-the-art tool to facilitate ‘organized disorganization’, and enhance ‘distributed problem-solving’. It is ideal for a town like Nederland known for its ‘local distinctiveness‘. Here is a 7 minute slideshare describing how it works.
Growth and change is inevitable. The process of becoming disorganized, then to reorganize, refreshes the system. I trust that our community will put #NedZero through rigorous and refreshing disorganization and reorganization. In addition, the Board of Trustees also puts our projects through the Nederland Planning Process (NPP) to ensure they meet the needs of our community.
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