Flaviu Cipcigan

November 14, 2021

Good organisational design makes the impossible frequent

A story about design that I tell often goes like this. There used to be many trains in the UK that have no door handles on the inside. The reason for this design was simple: so that the doors would only be opened by the station crew when the train was in a station. This is not a problem any more as most trains have central locking syst...
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November 12, 2021

The three forces shaping the world

Today, there are three forces shaping the world: climate change, networks and kindness at scale. Climate change is the defining issue of our time. We must act with speed and decisiveness and decarbonise. We must also work to protect the most vulnerable from an already changing climate. From wildfires, to floods, to unknown unknowns: we...
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November 8, 2021

Complexity and gn

I was thinking today about cellular automata. These are models from which simple rules can lead to complex behaviour. One of the most popular cellular automata is Conway's Game of life. It starts with an infinite grid of square cells. Each cell can be in one of two states: live or dead. You start with a pattern of live and dead cells a...
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November 8, 2021

On possibilities

There are many voices that are very certain in what is and isn’t possible. Turns out they aren’t much fun at parties. Yea, we have a limit: the laws of physics. The rest, well, it’s a about creatively arranging matter: atoms, words, code, social structures. Beautiful, creative, painstaking engineering. Hard, rewarding, engineering. Eng...
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November 7, 2021

Dealing with a lost voice

The medical term for losing your voice is laryngitis. Laryngitis is caused by the vocal chords becoming irritated or swollen. For me, it's likely caused by speaking loudly with a dry troath after my throat was irritated by a cold. The immune response to the cold damaged both the larynx and the back of the throat. Keen reminder to keep ...
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November 7, 2021

On embodying change

Whether we like it or not, internet culture is culture. Memes created in the depths of the internet surface to become reality and influence events in the real world. Exhibit A: With every word that we say, we must ask ourselves: what is the world that I would like to summon in existence? Would I like that world to be a kind one? A worl...
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November 3, 2021

Dependence, independence, interdependence

There are three ways of living. When you are dependent, you outsource most decisions. You follow along and execute the decisions of others. This is not bad way of living - and we all go through this phase. Seek a tribe and try to blend in. Speak like the elders of the tribe and rise up the ranks. When you are independent you start to m...
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October 25, 2021

Leadership in networked organisations

The organisation of the future is a network. People, interconnected together in complex web. This trend has accelerated, with many organisations going remote. There are two responses to this. One is to try to resist the trend and reestablish strict lines of communication. The other is to keep the complexity created by an interconnected...
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October 23, 2021

The Story of Global Shapers Manchester

I posted this story before at my Substack newsletter. I am moving my newsletter to Hey World as the service aligns better with my values. —— It all started with a coffee. In early 2019, I was sitting in Leaf Cafe in Manchester with Hera and James. Hera was working on Chayn, which has flourished in a global volunteer network addressing ...
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August 5, 2021

the art of lowercase conversation

There are these bars at night where the following dynamic happens. Music starts playing, and people start to speak louder. The music is turned louder, then people continue to speak even louder. Until you get a cacophony of voices and music all shouting at 100 db. It sometimes feels that public communication these days is like a loud ni...
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