‘Adaptive’

Adaptive

 

In terms of its own performance, a Global Guild needs constantly to learn and respond. And its responses need not just to improve its performance but also improve how it improves its performance. As explained in the subchapter about Focusing on High-Impact-but-Difficult changes, a Global Guild in effect learns how to change better, uses that knowledge in order to change how it learns better, as a result learns how to change even better, and so on – constantly refining its performance.

That sort of Progressive Refinement is one of the ways that a Global Guild can itself accelerate sufficiently to keep pace with the exponential trends that it is designed to help address. However brilliant that design becomes, it can never remain static. Nothing can be sacrosanct. An added advantage of this approach is that, tying into the ‘Pragmatic’ design-guideline, the initial design of a prototype Global Guild only needs to be ‘good enough to start’. Protracted debate about even quite fundamental issues can be ended simply by trying things out and seeing what happens. Provided that founding-members fully appreciate that their Global Guild is inherently adaptive then, rather than take too long off-line, it will always tend to be quicker and more effective to add a prospective refinement to the working prototype Global Guild (or indeed to one part of the prototype and not to the rest) and then observe what happens.

This flexibly experimental approach, potentially with many competing experiments running in parallel, is very different to the approach adopted by governments. Yet, not only does such in-built Progressive Refinement mean that a Global Guild will rapidly evolve into a design that is better than even the best minds were initially able to construct (and continue to accelerate its performance still further), but it also means that a Global Guild is very much easier to kick-off in the first place. After all, it is ‘only a prototype’. By the time that any initially-obstructive governments and unsupportive multinationals realize that the Global Guild prototypes have effectively become embedded into the fundamental operations of the international community, the Global Guilds will have sufficiently proved themselves that those same corporations (and even governments) will begin to consider that it may be preferable to join up rather than remain on the outside and risk becoming increasingly isolated against growing backlashes.