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In this getAbstract summary, you will learn: What a “chaordic” organization is; How to create one; Why purpose – not profit – must drive the development of. This is the story of how VISA International was conceived, founded and established. It challenges the ideas and radical philosophy about the nature of the world. This is one of Dee Hock’s favourite tricks to play on an audience. “How many of you recognize this?” he asks, holding out his own Visa card.

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Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more. If you are interested in understanding how we ought to be, then either of these books is a good read.

If relative harmony is maintained between the two, they drive one another.


With television came visual capacity, followed by multimedia capacity. Organization which more equitably distribute power and wealth. Someone grabbed an unwashed coffee cup and suspended it on a long piece of string pinned to the current date.

And when they do, the physicists change their behavior in response. This book is a great read! User Review – Flag as inappropriate Solid book. And Then There Was One. It is also the life story of Dee Hock, a maverick banker who put his own wild ideas into practice to create something the likes of which the world had never seen.

The following months were among the most exciting in the history of the company. Information in the form ag DNA is endlessly replicated at no cost and distributed in seeds. In answer to the question, “What could we build with these atom-stacking mechanisms?

In ways we don’t begin to understand, information escapes particles, transcends them and binds them together into more complex systems in which all particles constantly exchange information. People discovered that any receiving worthy of the name is an inexorable product of giving.

And it is about the invention of Visa Credit card by Dee Hock. They have no opposite meaning.


Birth of the Chaordic Age – Dee Hock – Google Books

It seems a principle of evolution, perhaps the fundamental principle, that the greater the capacity to receive, store, utilize, transform and transmit information, the more diverse and complex the entity.

References to this book Terror in the Name of God: The Industrial Age trend toward stultifying, degrading, rote work that gradually reduces people to the compliant, subordinate behavior one expects from a well trained horse cannot continue.

The Best Books of Apr 04, Jeff rated it it was amazing. Chaordic organization is about releasing what people desire in the depth of their being—the passion they have for it—the integrity they bring to the attempt. Tatyana Mamut rated it it was amazing Dec 08, Organizations capable of restoring and maintaining harmony between themselves, the environment, and the human spirit. I’m generally not into business topics for recreational reading but the story of how VISA came to be was fascinating.

Nature does it all with chaordic organization-a complex, diverse flow of information that chaordically mobilizes physical materials into both animate and inanimate forms. This book is similar to Dee Hock’s other book “One from Many”. We were determined the needs of our members and cardholders would be served, not the needs of technology or vendors. Jun 10, Ed Res rated it it was amazing.

The ability to create large structures onsite swiftly at little cost from material as common as dirt and air by arranging atoms into a desired object. Nor did anyone feel beggared by accepting help. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. With mathematics came expansion to that which could be commonly understood by means of a global language. Birth of the Chaordic Age Berrett-koehler Series. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies.

What Can You Do? The book is more of an autobiography of Dee Hock than the Visa story although these two interlinked. He credits the worldwide success of VISA with its chaordic structure — it is owned by its member banks which both com In Birth of the Chaordic Age, Dee Hock argues that traditional organizational forms can no longer work because organizations have become too complex.


It even precedes DNA, for when physicists attempt to examine the smallest known particles, the particles change their behavior. Excitement about doing the impossible increased, and a community based on purpose, principle and people arose. What remains to be done is the engineering of tools at the atomic scale.

Birth of the Chaordic Age by Dee Hock

Terror in the Name of God: Dee Hock is the real deal. We are facing an explosion of societal diversity and complexity hundreds of times greater than we now experience or can yet imagine.

Return to Book Page. It began to tail off by the end, but his writing and explanations are fantastic. Each has passionate messiahs to preach its virtue. Dee Hock explains the border between order and chaos and how searching for principles from that intersection led him to define VISA and the modern credit card.

Only in a much more harmonious, oscillating dance of both competition and cooperation, can the extremes of control and chaos be avoided, and peaceful, permanent, societal order be found.

Groups constantly assembled in front of the board as need and inclination arose, discussing and deciding in a continuous flow; then dissolving as needs were met. A process of replication driven by the power of the sun begins.

Most will evolve, however slowly and painfully, into a form in which power, wealth and information are more widely dispersed and commonly shared. To ask other readers questions about Birth of the Chaordic Ageplease sign up. The Dirty Coffee Cup System became legendary-a metaphor for the company for years to come. This book reads like a novel and we wind up cheering him on!