People in Glass Boxes – Audio Version

A transparency revolution is sweeping through the world's most valuable company. What does it mean for the rest of us?

  
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This week, a note on a connected world, transparency, and the nature of organisations. It builds on an idea I’ve been playing with for ages: the Glass Box organisation.

And it’s all founded in what happening now at the world’s most valuable company.

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Links in this week’s instalment

1. The outlines of a transparency revolution became more visible last week, when The Verge reported on Apple’s ongoing experiment with team messaging tool Slack.

2. Emboldened by the peer support they’ve found on Slack, some Apple staff have taken their concerns over pay and discrimination to Twitter.

3. Internal culture becomes a part – often the most important part – of an organisation’s public-facing brand. Welcome to the age of the Glass Box organisation.

4. The newsletter writer Nick de Wilde has talked about the rise of what he calls the Platform Brand.


Through the Looking Glass

Thanks for listening this week.

The Glass Box transparency revolution is only just getting started. No one fully understands the new world it will lead us towards.

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I’ll be back as usual on Wednesday; until then, be well.

David.


David Mattin sits on the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Consumption.