Frequently Asked Questions about Enlivening Edge

Welcome!

If you’re curious about Enlivening Edge, the organization behind this website and magazine, or our Community Conversations or Facebook group, you’re in the right place to enquire (or inquire!) into who we are, what we’re all about, and how we work.

We’re delighted to share these answers to some Frequently Asked Questions. Click on the + beside each question, and you’ll see the “nutshell” answer.

And if you’d like to know more, it’s easy, just contact us. We sure would love to explore your enquiries/inquiries with you!

The FAQ below covers aspects of Enlivening Edge we commonly get asked about. The last question is different though; it’s one for you to answer. Have a look when you are ready.

 

What is Enlivening Edge?

Enlivening Edge is an international network of Partners, participants, and inter-organizational synergistic relationships.

Our core Partners are a self-managed group who currently offer our Magazine, Community Conversations, Facebook Group, and upcoming online social community, the Community Hub as the primary ways we express our shared deep commitment to serve the Evolutionary Purpose of EE.

How did it get started?

George Pór founded Enlivening Edge in May of 2015. We started as an online Magazine and a bi-monthly email pointing people towards the highlights and featured articles. The purpose was to enable people co-creating the next stage of consciousness in organizations, to discover and learn from one another—and become a stronger force for improving organizations in society.

What is Enlivening Edge's Evolutionary Purpose?

The current wording of Enlivening Edge's Evolutionary Purpose is

Catalyzing relationships among innovators who are accelerating the evolution of organizations and social systems toward human and environmental thriving.

This editorial article about EE's Evolutionary Purpose explains what it means in practice, using concepts from our previous Evolutionary Purpose statement but it's still relevant.

Our offerings enable connections among people so they can discover themselves as parts of a social ecosystem, a “whole” with its own collective intelligence.

The synergies possible are creating powerful movements that transform individuals, organizations, societal sectors, and we hope, the world.

How has Enlivening Edge changed since it started? What does it do now?

Since we started, more offerings to the world, that express our evolutionary purpose, have emerged from the interests and talents of new Partners and from our inter-organizational relationships. Beyond the continuing development of  Enlivening Edge Magazine, we now offer:

Enlivening Edge Community Conversations via Zoom

Enlivening Edge Facebook group

Our upcoming Community Hub

How is Enlivening Edge different from conventional/traditional organisations?

Some of the significant differences are:

  • We are motivated and guided by our Evolutionary Purpose more than by mission statements and goals.
  • We are self-managed and have no management hierarchy.
  • We value humanness (heart and spirit) as well as the rationality that most organisations prize.
  • We serve a global evolutionary wave that extends far beyond the boundaries of organisational goals.
How is Enlivening Edge itself a "Teal organisation?"

We regard ourselves as a prototype of a Teal Organization. We use the structures and processes of the self-management system of Holacracy®. We have a strong Evolutionary Purpose and value all that our people bring.

A crucial aspect of our culture is “walking our Teal talk.” We regularly discuss how we can do this with more heart and integrity.

We interact from the Teal stage of consciousness development as much as we can. This includes appreciating and valuing each other.

We are in service to global evolutionary social movements that are creating more conscious, caring organizations.

Where is Enlivening Edge based?

Enlivening Edge is a fully remote organization.  We meet in cyberspace using various tools and platforms and come together occasionally in physical space occasionally.

What is the legal structure and business model? (How is it funded?)

Enlivening Edge LLC is a Limited Liability Company in Nevada, USA. It has been self-funded by donations and sponsors, and has received a small amount of income from advertising and affiliate partnerships. The upcoming Enlivening Edge Community Hub has been created to provide a sustainable source of income so that Enlivening Edge can thrive and continue to serve its Evolutionary Purpose.

What is an Enlivening Edge Partner?

A Enlivening Edge Partner is someone who fills formal Roles with specific work functions and accountabilities in our Holacracy operational and governance structure. A Partner is legally a "Manager" of the LLC, which gives them the legal authority to act on behalf of the organization. Partners are people who are strongly committed to the purpose of Enlivening Edge and devote a minimum of 40 hours a month filling their roles and caring for the whole of Enlivening Edge.

How do Partners make decisions and get things done?

The Holacracy Constitution is integrated at the core of our organization's Operating Agreement. All authority to make decisions and take action within the organization is governed by the constitution and the Roles and Policies that are created and evolved through the Holacracy governance process. By taking on various roles in the organization, Partners gain the authority and accountability granted to each role. Information, progress, and requests for advice are shared through our Mattermost online discussion forum and other online collaborative tools.

What is an Inter-Organizational Partnership?

People in other organizations co-create projects with us. These inter-organizational synergistic relationships are essential to the thriving and growing of Enlivening Edge and the emerging social ecosystem of next-stage organizations.

Who are the Partners and Inter-Organizational Partners and what motivates them?

Our Partners and our synergy partners from other organizations are a constantly-changing and constantly-expanding international group. We all share an understanding of and commitment to the principles of Teal organisations and beyond (expressed in the book Reinventing Organizations).

Many of us are motivated by the opportunity to express our individual life purpose through our involvement with EE. We are activated by being on the enlivening edge of human development around organizational consciousness.

We share a passion for increasing the numbers of people who are co-creating organizations that are more caring about humans and our environment.

Are there other ways to be involved?

The short answer is Yes! There are many other ways of getting involved, for example donating, writing articles, and joining our Facebook group.

If you have an impulse or idea around playing with us, contact us. We’d love to talk with you.

And now would you like to answer a few questions?

If we have piqued your interest and you would like to explore further, we invite you to pause and reflect on how well our work aligns with yours.

  • What do you like about Enlivening Edge and the work it does?
  • What feels like important work for you?
  • Can you see yourself engaging with Enlivening Edge? (We hope you say Yes!)

 

There is more to know, and there are many ways to be involved with Enlivening Edge. You can start by looking at Our Work and Our Team.