Our Communities

Communities are designed to improve the competitiveness of a defined sector by catalyzing innovation and aligning impact with investment.

Communities are designed to improve the competitiveness of a defined sector by catalyzing innovation and aligning impact with investment.

While sound macroeconomic factors affect the potential for competitiveness, we believe wealth is actually created at the microeconomic level. This microeconomic competitiveness is determined by the productivity with which a location uses its existing human, capital, and natural endowments to create value. Improving productivity ultimately depends on improving the microeconomic capability of the economy. Communities are designed for this, to help specific sectors within a defined region compete more effectively. 


Community Identification

Communities are systems for collaboration, intentionally designed to improve the competitiveness of a given sector through economic and social upgrading.

Assessing Community Functions

Understand 'Competitiveness'

Communities help us understand the existing state of competitiveness. 

Define 'Succes'

Communities help us define what success means in terms of both social impact and economic viability. 

Test New Solutions

Communities provide infrastructure to test and iterate upon new market solutions. 

Scale What Works

Through their infrastructure, communities act as a conduit for scaling solutions that work. 

The Community as a System for Progress Appropriation

The dynamics of ‘progress’ are changing faster than ever. As the 2nd ICT Revolution continues to change how we create value, it s critical to employ systems that evolve to the changing nature of ‘competitiveness’. Communities offer a robust foundation to build this system upon.  

Why Communities?

  1. 1
    Complex problems require implicit knowledge, which cannot be codified.

    Sharing of knowledge and best practices within communities makes implicit knowledge more visible.

  2. 2
    Collaboration around distributed work is becoming the norm.

    Communities provide a platform for distributed action to create collective value.

  3. 3
    Learning is part of work, not separate from it.

    Communities of practice enable the integration of work and learning.

  4. 4
    Ideas are decentralized by their very nature.

    New ideas come from diverse networks, often from outside any defined organization.

  5. 5
    'Progress' is both a local and global phenomenon.

    While any single solution always starts local, the nature of technology enables scalability at quasi-zero marginal costs, resulting in potentially global implications.

  6. 6
    Co-created knowledge through social learning is the foundation for progress.

    The value of communities lies in the depth of participants’ reflection and inquiry, and how they put co-created knowledge to action in their local community.

  7. 7
    Shared context is the foundation for a knowledge sharing environment.

    Communities connect people who share stories and personal experiences in a way that builds understanding and insight.

  8. 8
    Collaboration and the free-flow of ideas is critical to enabling innovation.

    Communities introduce collaborative processes to groups and organizations to encourage the free flow of ideas and exchange of information.

    Startup East Africa (SEA L3C) builds communities that scale the impact of innovative market-based solutions supporting Small & Growing Businesses (SGBs) by providing the infrastructure for identifying and acting on shared value opportunities.


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