Big and nano

Opportunities to reorganize situations tend to elude our grasp when they are big and contextual–that is, when they involve perceiving trends and taking action to shake up our own or other’s ecosystems.

And opportunities to improve our powers, our capabilities, tend to escape recognition because they involve manipulating processes and experimenting with causal possibilities that compose what we do, and that are normally considered too small to understand and exploit.  Richard Feynman’s exhortation that “There’s always room down below” gave birth to the exploration of nanotechnology.

When you face a choice between going bolder, or going humbler, go bolder.

Working draft: Design for Abundance

This project began with the support of key leaders in the smartphone ecosystems, with doors opened up by the senior executives of ARM Holdings.  In the two years since I began, I’ve expanded the study, and abstracted the ideas and made them more generally applicable.  The following are essays that demonstrate a new level of …

GeoPartners and shared purpose: improving ecosystems through comprehensive design

Today the biological ecosystem of our planet cannot be separated from human society, technology and business; that is, human ecosystems.  And there are no social, technological and business ecosystems independent of biology. The challenge today is to develop ecosystems comprehensively, from the standpoint of biology, society, technology and business.  This is causing traditional ecologists and geophysicists to rethink their …

Ke Rong and China-oriented studies of business ecosystem formation

Business Ecosystems: Constructs, Configurations, and the Nurturing Process And these fascinating articles on business ecosystems development in China Reshaping the business ecosystem in China: case studies and implications K Rong, Z Liu, Y Shi – … of Science and Technology Policy in …, 2011 – Purpose–The purpose of this paper is to explore a way to …


The ideas highlighted in my recent work have been inspired by conversations with a number of experts, including the following who were helpful in the book Shared Purpose.  Many thanks to those who gave generously of goodwill, insights, wisdom, data sets, and time: People in the connected community invited me into their fascinating worlds. As …

Churchill Club conversation with Jim Moore (author), Simon Segars (ARM CEO), Paul Saffo (Futurist and host)

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Churchill Club, Silicon Valley

New Cross-Industry Collaborations: Simon Segars & James F. Moore hosted by Paul Saffo

[Introduction provided by the Churchill Club] A provocative San Francisco breakfast conversation about the growing trend of cross-industry collaboration, with Simon Segars, incoming CEO of ARM, and James F. Moore, former Harvard Berkman Center Fellow and expert in leadership and change in large-scale systems, led by respected futurist Paul Saffo. New multi-industry business ecosystems are forming in such diverse areas as telecom, transportation, travel, royalty cards, and financial services—to name but a few. How is this occurring? How do partners get their fair share of the value created? What’s the secret to collaborating in the competitive landscape? Can open insurgencies conquer established giants, and if so, how?

PDF download of entire ebook

Visit Shared Purpose on ARM Holdings’ corporate website to download a version of the ebook in which some of these essays first appeared: Shared Purpose:  A thousand business ecosystems, a connected community, and the future, by James F. Moore, May 2013. Or click below to directly download a PDF of the same version of the ebook: Shared Purpose by …

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