Bryce Sullivan FS

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Welcome to My Page :) ~Bryce

I am confident in my art and design skills and work well in a collaborative creative setting. I am well suited for interpersonal leadership roles and am an effective mediator. One of my greatest skills is adaptability!

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Startup

Week One

The Business Ownership Revolution

  • Capital-centric social system dictates ownership design
  • Capitalism runs on extractive monocultures, whereas emergent ownership design is generative and biodiverse
  • The extractive economy is rooted in the impossible ideal of infinite linear growth
  • Economic democracy is vital in creating a generative economy (sovereign, cooperative economics)

When workers own companies, the economy is more resilient

  • The labor movement and worker-ownership are natural allies (emerging cooperative workplaces will support union employees)
  • Cooperative business models are an example of generative ownership design
  • Creating systems which make extractive models obsolete
  • Racism and capitalism support one another

Enspiral: Better Work Together

  • The collaborative process isn't encouraged/ a competitive capitalist mindset is culturally engrained
  • Generative ownership is design is defined by process, not product
  • Solutions must be adaptable to different circumstances
  • Ecology of ownership- dynamic model prioritizing collaboration over individual power/control

Week Two

Kate Raworth, Regenerative Futures

  • Highlighting blind spots in traditional economics, which disregards humanity in favor of rationality and assumes linear growth can progress infinitely
  • Points out that in the current system, finite resources are being depleted while human needs aren't being met
  • Making the current system obsolete through a new model which balances the economic ecosystem and is sustainable for human society and the environment
  • New model must integrate human values within its economic design while reincorporating care-work and environmental consideration

Neoliberalism

  • Adopted easily into the American psyche because of the preexisting mythology of the American Dream
  • Shifts power from a totalitarian government to economic fundamentalism
  • A deregulated economy will disempower the majority while depleting the Earth's finite resources (predestined to fail)
  • Gross Domestic Product is not a good measure of a society's quality of life
  • The idea that economic growth will solve the problems it creates is obsolete and dangerous

Better Work Together: More people working on stuff that matters

  • Technology has produced a culture of participatory media and a shortened collective attention span
Great point. Jessicasmith (talk) 02:12, 3 March 2020 (UTC)
  • The ease with which information travels opens the possibility for more effective collaborative business structures
  • Decentralizing money/information/power, valuing human relationships
  • Identifying effective patterns, avoiding duplicative approaches

Week Three

In a World of Systems

  • A system is a set of parts connected to one another to achieve a certain goal
  • A repetitive feedback loop brings the system closer to a goal when balanced and self-correcting, and deplete its resources when not
  • Reinforced feedback loops gain strength at every cycle
  • Stock is the quantity that grows over time as a result of in-flow and decreases as the result of out-flow.

Enough with problem-solving, let's start creating

  • Design Thinking: Building empathetic relationships through direct engagement and listening in order to identify/define problems faced by a target group of "users"
  • Design thinking can be used to tackle systemic issues
  • Need to escape reactionary mode of problem-solving, which can inadvertently reinforce systems/structures which remain unchallenged
  • Open-ended inquiry to create solutions apart from problems
  • A place for artists in an actively changing society
Adapted from Robert Fritz, 1989 by D. Kim and D. Cory

Enspiral: Welcome to the Age of Participation

  • Movements/Communities/Participatory Action, brought together in the modern world through connective technology, which connects the local to the global
  • Entrepreneurship popularizing among the younger generation, response to changing world
  • Sharing economy/collaborative consumption
  • Circular economy- regenerative/zero-waste systems tackling environmental issues, connects to "eco-systemic" thinking
  • Social Entrepreneurship moving towards being more participatory, decentralized, and community-driven
Well put. Jessicasmith (talk) 00:05, 11 March 2020 (UTC)

Week Four

Three Artists Who Think Outside the Box

How Cooperation Jackson Is Transforming the Poorest State in the US

Creative Placemaking: How to Do It Well

Startup

  • My idea is for an online platform designed to be a microcosmic embodiment of the gift economy model. Based on the tenets of interdependence, locality, abundance, and symbiosis, the platform will be a living ecosystem based on geographic location, creating connections through trade that build community, and bridge needs and pain points to sources of abundance. As of now, the website would offer/accept both goods and services without any monetary transaction. The idea of a gift economy is that one offers without any explicit agreement of reward, with the trust that one's needs will be unconditionally met in the future. However, I wonder within the context of a running platform that exists within a capitalist culture and economic framework, what kinds of methods we might use to ensure accountability among members and pay for the website itself. On the other hand, this platform could exist experimentally within a set timeframe, to see how/if a community-based gift economy is sustainable and equitable in practice. Some other questions I have are in regards to safety, costs, ownership, and the website's feasible parameters.

Week Five

Design for Action

MVP: Quickly Validate your Start-Up

“The Lean Startup" by Eric Ries

Lean Startup Principles: Module 1

Week Six

Reinventing Organizations Part 1

  • Humanity (systems of power, technology, culture, etc) doesn't evolve continuously, but in sudden leaps
  • Our current organizational models are outdated and we are in a transitional period between developmental stages
  • An emergent management paradigm needs to take hold, learning from the past 4 stages/models
  • An evolutionary worldview devalues the ego and places importance on ethics and holism

Reinventing Organizations Part 2

  • While streamlining and cutting costs benefits an organization, it is often at the cost of its employees and customers
  • Centering human connection and even power distribution is sustainable and improves the quality of life for everyone
  • Even though it is hard to imagine transcending traditional management, we have success stories to look to in our transition
  • Organizations are living systems, and need to be treated as such to thrive

Laloux Excerpt

1. What have you noticed about the relationship between “work” and “life” in recent weeks? (If it helps you can think of being a student as work.) If you haven’t noticed anything, try noticing your reactions to what’s going on in your surroundings as you work and/or study.

  • There has been almost no separation between my work and home life. This has made it hard for me to shift focus from one to the other, and I find myself distracted in both.

2. Think of three things you hope to get out of work.

  • Collaboration
  • Reaching goals
  • Helping others

Week Seven

Week Eight

SWOT Analysis

  • External Analysis: relating a company to its environment, changing circumstances, consumer base's demographics/needs/limitations, competitors (Porter's 5 Forces)
  • Internal Analysis: self-evaluation of strengths and weaknesses as a company/unit
  • Core competencies (benchmarking) inimitability, durability, appropriability, sustainability, competitive superiority.
  • Considering financial condition, management and culture

Minto Pyramid Principle

  • Hierarchical organization of thoughts to create a more meaningful/logical/explicit argument/narrative
  • Distilling the key message through a cycle of self-questioning
  • Pyramid structure: Governing thought on top, supporting arguments below