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Antifragile Advisory

Building Anti-Fragile Organizations

Fragile organizations break under volatility, whereas antifragile organizations thrive amidst uncertainty and change. Now more than ever, the fragility of our systems is being illuminated by the COVID-19 crisis.

In the wake of massive challenges such as this pandemic, climate change and societal inequality we believe that the organizations that will thrive across the coming decades are ones that are socially and ecologically regenerative by design. Proactive and holistic approaches to value creation—social, environmental and financial—are key to building antifragility.

Lively Worlds supports organizations to build antifragile capability by offering next-generation strategy and innovation consulting and training. Based on diverse academic ideas emerging from universities such as Oxford and Harvard, we have developed cutting-edge antifragility offerings to support the success of a new wave of regenerative institutions.

Our customers include:

1/ Impact investors, foundations & family offices for early-stage ventures

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As economist Joseph Schumpeter argued, economic history can be described in waves of “creative destruction,” where old industries are continuously destroyed by innovation, creating new industries in turn. Something is broken down, and something else emerges from the ashes.

As such, we care that financial investments are being made strategically to support the flourishing of a new age of antifragile institutions.

Services we offer to funders of early-stage ventures include:
  • Diagnosis of antifragility potential. We can conduct an antifragility diagnostic on potential investments help you allocate your investments strategically based on a systems-thinking approach for social and environmental impact, and by assessing potential investments through our antifragility diagnostic tool.
  • Advisory services and capacity building with funded ventures to enhance their antifragility. We offer intensive onboarding training programs and workshops for founders and provide continued support.

Our approach goes deep. We translate unconventional theory from the critical social sciences and humanities—including environmental and urban geography, science and technology studies, as well as postcolonial, feminist, and critical race theory— into practical solutions. We integrate these concepts with those from management studies, strategy and innovation, character studies, design thinking and more. This means that we deliver much more than cookie-cutter tools and frameworks. In particular, we target the creation of new mindsets, strategies and capabilities required for leading antifragile organizations.

2/ Businesses

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We offer custom leadership education programs and workshops to help business leaders explore the mindsets, business models, organizational cultures, stakeholder engagement strategies, and other skills required for antifragility.

For startups and young businesses, we also offer antifragility advisory services.

Our approach goes deep. We translate unconventional theory from the critical social sciences and humanities—including environmental and urban geography, science and technology studies, as well as postcolonial, feminist, and critical race theory—into practical solutions. We integrate these concepts with those from management studies, strategy and innovation, character studies, design thinking and more. This means that we deliver much more than cookie-cutter tools and frameworks. In particular, we target the creation of new mindsets, strategies and capabilities required for leading antifragile organizations.

3/ Public sector & civil society

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We support the public sector and civil society to design programs and organizations for strategic impact on the important social and environmental challenges they tackle. This means helping to deliver high, sustainable impact effectively and efficiently—and in ways that increase the likelihood of systemic change.

We offer custom leadership education programs and workshops to help leaders explore the mindsets, organizational designs, institutional cultures, stakeholder engagement strategies, and other skills required for social and ecological regeneration.

Our approach goes deep. Lively Worlds translates unconventional theory from the critical social sciences and humanities—including environmental and urban geography, science and technology studies, as well as postcolonial, feminist, and critical race theory—into practical solutions. We integrate these concepts with those from management studies, strategy and innovation, character studies, design thinking and more. This means that we deliver much more than cookie-cutter tools and frameworks. In particular, we target the creation of new mindsets, strategies and capabilities required for leading socially and ecologically regenerative organizations.

Our unique approach and interdisciplinary areas of expertise enable us to be more holistic than most other consultancies. We consider second-, third-, and fourth-order impacts of decisions, and design solutions that mitigate for unintended consequences across varied domains of social and environmental wellbeing. For example, an agricultural development project may be successful at increasing farm yields while simultaneously endangering farm resilience or reinforcing local gender inequalities. Lively Worlds would preemptively identify such potential tradeoffs and support the design and implementation of programs to skillfully navigate such complexities.

We have thoughtfully distilled extensive research across disciplines into our Antifragility Diagnostic Framework, which serves as our intellectual blueprint. The framework is constantly updated based on new insights emerging from its application to our partner organizations and projects as well as academia.