Measure, Monitor, and Manage: Although at times ambiguous, decentralized organizations can still be measured, monitored, and managed. This is more intuitive than precise. Key questions are: How’s the organizations health? Do members continue participating? Is the network growing? Is it spreading? Is it mutating? Is it becoming more or less decentralized?
Nothing would excite me more in God’s kingdom than self starters and relationship builders weaving themselves in and out of normal life and society. I’d love to get there fast by cutting normal programing and giving everyone a blank slate to build their own thing. In to course of working with my church however, I’m finding that the best self-starters are still looking for some Measuring, Monitoring and Managing. They want someone asking questions, watching for progress, offering suggestions.
Management done well doesn’t confine people, it sets them free. Going decentralized and organic may look more organized than we think.