Welcome to the first in a series of blogs about our experiences building Kaleidoscope.
This series is intended as a warts & all account of the trials, tribulations & successes we experience in setting up & successfully running a radically different organisation, but you should know that it may end up being a warts & all account of how we set up an unsuccessful, radically different organisation.
The first thing you should know is that at Kaleidoscope we will take risks & we are open to failing.
The second thing you should know is that when we say radically different, we mean;
Being a mission driven organisation; Kaleidoscope exists to improve the health and care of people in the UK by bringing people together to think differently. This means that our business model is a combination of more traditional consultancy work and pro-bono or subsidised “mission-centric” stuff which we do with the sole purpose of furthering our mission.
Our workforce is a wonderful & eclectic collection of people with diverse backgrounds but there are three things that we have in common. The first is a soul-level belief in improving “the world” (specifically, but not limited to, health & care delivery). The second is a weariness or frustration with traditional, hierarchical models of business delivery, where the organisational values are often not translated into the day to day work place. The third is that we are, or at very least try our best to be, kind people who want make work a fun, joyful experience for ourselves and our colleagues.
We don’t believe in hierarchy. We think hierarchical, bureaucratic organisations represent an old, outdated way of doing business. Not only this, but we believe that they will eventually be obsolete. The best way to understand what we’re on about is to take a peek at the work of Fred Laloux.
We'll blog on a semi-regular basis, and be great to get your comments and views as to what we're up to and who we can learn from. Thanks for reading!