Imagine contemplative social business education done in phases. First, we will focus on external development.
1. Proto-Gamma Phase
The Proto-Gamma Phase is much like OpenIDEO where ideas, resources, and people come together to explore societal issues and solutions for these issues.
2. Gamma Phase
Gamma phase takes a group of individuals centered on an idea and have them organize within a Holacracy-powered organization practice. Stated it succinctly, it is an organizational practice which distributes authority throughout the organization where tensions sense anywhere in the organization has a place to go to get rapidly and reliably processed towards meaningful change. Holacracy is a project-centric practice that empowers individuals to energize roles and spark projects towards their completion on behalf of the organization's purpose rather than by a charismatic leader or CEO.
Gamma Phase is the time that the group learns how to organize their circle-team employing Holacracy as well as using tabletop role-playing as the simulation vehicle. To become adept at Holacracy well requires weeks of practice which is why table-top role-playing is a low-cost way to simulate real-world operations while learning the Holacracy-powered practice. Once adept, Holacracy can be life-transforming as the practice not only fosters more empowerment and engagement in the organization, but enables one to tap into the organization's will and what it wants to do in the world. There is a definite transpersonal space that one feels when practicing Holacracy.
3. Beta Phase
During the Beta Phase, circle-team moves from a table-top role-playing simulation to live-action role-playing simulation where project-based learning takes more of a center stage and Holacracy becomes more of an automatic practice. During this phase, the goal is to create a result (i.e. business plan, design for a device, a product etc) learning the elements of social business during the program to becoming a social business circle with the needed roles (from the sales role to product development role) to be filled by partners of the circle. While Live-Action education sounds unpredecented, it is being done at the Osterskov School in Denmark
3. Alpha Phase
This moves us to an embryonic startup which begins the Alpha Phase. In the Alpha Phase, Social Business circles are supported by like-minded visionaries with alumni support to assist in moving their embryonic startup to a stable company. External development should be complimented by internal development where the needed contemplative practices of qi-gong, meditation, yoga, as well as other internal practices from both from the east as well as the west. Together, this kind of external and internal practice gives the budding organization a powerful advantage towards providing collaborated solutions to these challenging problems in a way that is scalable and interconnecting with potential partners the organization as well as holding the potential of inter-organization connection harnessing the collective intelligence in a dynamic requisite way. It is the kind of education, I feel, that is needed for the coming challenges of the future.