Welcome to the age of adhocracy. As the opposite of bureaucracy, adhocracy cuts across accepted conventions and power structures to capture opportunities, self-organize and develop new and unexpected methodologies of production.
The concept of Mastery is a powerful one, too often lost in today’s multitasked, cross-functional times. We pride ourselves in being jacks-of-all-trades, mildly good at many things as we climb the ladder, but often remaining master of none.
Cities thrive when they successfully service our basic needs with intelligence and simplicity. Recovering from 60 years of automobile-focused development and sprawl, urban planners are taking things in the right direction—backwards.
Dan Hill on “dark matter”: a term borrowed from the historian Wouter Vanstiphout referring to the hidden mass of policies and power that affect decision-making, the process, as well as the success or failure of projects.