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In the cornucopia of organizations, four forms of governance tend to emerge:

Do-ocracy is a vertical axis of individualism and bureaucracy is a horizontal axis of collective decision-making. Economically, the comparison would be like capitalism vs. socialism; politically, like conservatives vs. democrats.

There are interconnected reasons why organizations die:

  • funding runs out,
  • entropy -- trash piles up or issues pile up and no one does anything ("burn out").
  • incompetent leadership,
  • ignorance and/or inadequate purpose.

The solution is a balance of all four types of governance. Try the World Game on a cork board. It utilizes all four styles.