Chôra

Chôra is a space of renewal for all organisations, institutions and systems intent on responding to change, and willing to transform themselves as they do so.

 
 

Organisations fail to renew strategically because they don’t know how to design and deliver the right capability to generate the change necessary to adapt to the changing context around them.

We believe there is a space where organisations can engage a diverse and rich set of agents with entrepreneurial and innovation intents, from which a space of renewal activities and solutions emerges.

We called this space CHÔRA. In reference to the term that designates an interval, a space where the possibility of things is imagined, ideated, decanted and eventually actioned. It is a space of reflection, of learning, of representation of how things might be, of how they could be.

We believe that the time is right to share the blueprint for CHÔRA

A bit more context about this document

In the world of strategy and innovation, a specific problem has been causing headaches to incumbent organisations: how to design and deliver strategic renewal to remain relevant in an increasingly multidimensional, fast and nonlinear post-modern world.

The statistics has been well publicized: 70% of organisational transformations fail. Organisations fail to renew themselves strategically, not because of lack of available technology, nor because they cannot read the market and generate good new ideas. They fail because they struggle to design and sustain the capability required to effect the strategic renewal they are after.

It bears repeating: “capability” is the key. Organisations fail to renew strategically because they don’t know how to design and deliver the right capability to generate the change necessary to adapt to the changing context around them.

This is why this blueprint details Axilo’s approach to meet this challenge:

•    It details the required capability of design, sense-making and strategic innovation,

•    And the approach to seed and establish this capability

The uniqueness of our proposition comes from our belief that there is a ‘space’ in-between the formation of an idea, and the effective delivery of transformation. Between doing nothing but just ‘thinking’ about a concept, and ‘jumping’ into solution and implementation mode, we believe there is a space where organisations can engage a diverse and rich set of agents with entrepreneurial and innovation intents, from which a space of renewal activities and solutions emerges.

We called this space CHÔRA in reference to the term used by Plato to designate an interval, a space where the possibility of things is imagined, ideated, decanted and eventually actioned. It is a space of reflection, of learning, of representation of how things might be, of how they could be.

It is built on the latest research and insights on how human systems work. It is designed as a "multi-sided platform" (MSP). A concept that has recently attracted a lot of attention in the commercial world with the rise of platforms like Uber and Airbnb, to just name them. As well as in academia, with French economist Jean Tirole (Nobel prize in 2014) whose work became an instant classic when he showed that MSPs are both very common and economically important, and share a number of features that set them apart from the single-sided businesses that have dominated economic theory since Adam Smith.

Importantly, this distinctive proposition is not an untested solution looking for an unclear problem to solve. On the contrary, it was born from years of practice and learning from the Axilo founders in various corporate and academic environments in Europe and Australia, in some of the largest organisations on those markets.

We now have a cosmopolitan team operating from Europe and Australia, with projects ranging from the strategic renewal of a major financial services company, to supporting a large government organisation design their next generation of social innovation program.

With those various engagements now well advanced, we believe that the time is right to share the blueprint for CHÔRA so that more partners can participate in our Multi-Sided Platform.

As a partner you will participate in a space that is significantly different from the standard “garage”-like innovation labs and accelerators on account of the distinctly strategic nature of activities: the level of intelligence, of solicitations, of contaminations and fertilisations and the febrile intensity with which they are pursued mean that the space enjoys a uniquely privileged context in which to operate and generate value.

We want to explore and develop this hypothesis with thought leaders, technologists, entrepreneurs and investors. Please get in touch.


Experience the Chôra concept in 3D (click to view)

A rendering of Chôra: the core platform capability that enables and structures innovation activities, multiple user portfolios of Strategic Options, structural partners to the platform.

A rendering of Chôra: the core platform capability that enables and structures innovation activities, multiple user portfolios of Strategic Options, structural partners to the platform.

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