The Starfish and Spider, the role model for decentralized organizations

The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations is a 2006 book by Ori Brafman, and Rod Beckstrom is an exploration of the implications of the recent rise of decentralized organizations such as Wikipedia and YouTube. The book contrasts them to centralized organizations, such as Encyclopedia Britannica, using compendia of knowledge as examples. The spider and starfish analogy refers to the biological nature of the organisms, starfish having a decentralized neural structure permitting regeneration. In addition to giving historical examples of decentralized organizations such as Alcoholics Anonymous and the Apaches and analyzing their nature in contrast to centralized organizations, the book considers the conflict between centralized and decentralized organizations.

Starfish and the Spider, an early take on decentralization

The concept of a Decentralized Autonomous Organization is an idealistic outcome of the crypto-tech revolution, going from centralized to decentralized networks and finally distributed networks.  The Starfish and the Spider concept became a role model for distributed organizations like the global MobileMonday and our expert network.

Project management in decentralized organizations

Our preferred project tracking gives any stakeholder a clear overview of who’s doing what & why and at the same time it helps us to focus on what matters most. With tools like blossom and slack among others, we can efficiently manage the whole process in one place, built with simplicity in mind.

from centralized to decentralized and distributed networks
Is your business better off with a central command structure or decentralized? Your future depends on the right answer. An excerpt from the new book, The Future of Work by Thomas W. Malone, a professor at MIT Sloan School of Management. This organization of the future will be decentralized, the term defined as "participation of people in making the decisions that matter to them." Decentralization brings with it increased productivity and quality of life.