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Will The Real, True Rebels, Please Stand Up!

Just a few hours since the first Rebel Jam has ended and not only I'm starting to miss it, but I'm already thinking of the next one. Hope us rebels don't have to wait long :)


It has been an amazing 24-hour marathon, travelling all around the globe from Europe to the Americas, to Australia and back to Europe, with very interesting ideas, great presentations, inspiring conversations and most of all, fantastic people. Cause in the end, it's all about people, isn't it? And one day of contribution from truly creative persons, to both business and society, has to be properly taken into consideration and recognised.


We heard rebels talk about social movement, workplace innovation, dealing with failure, humor "treatment", leadership and leadingship, sustainable charity, human capacity, distributed teams, innovation culture, grassroots movement, rebels' motivation and many others.


I have to admit, with no intention to undermine other subjects, that I especially liked Dominik De Buyser's topic; and his presentation. Taking school to the street (with StreetwiZe) will make you see that education is just a side-effect. And there was also a good advice for rebels coming out of it: "If you did not grow up as a street kid, you'd better start thinking like one". Cause maybe if we do so, we would stop surrendering community excellence and community values to the mere accumulation of material things (paraphrasing Robert F. Kennedy).


I would also like to take this chance to thank Peter and his team for this awesome experience offered by the Rebel Jam, the flagship event so far for the Corporate Rebels. As I told you in my previous posts, we had our own slot in the Jam, during which Sorin, our CEO, talked about the reason to liberally give and take. We enjoyed quite an audience, and it seems that the duality technology-human transpired from the presentation was appreciated. Also the fact that we declared ourselves haters :)



  • Hate innovation - love creativity
  • Hate manipulation - love free thinking
  • Hate secrecies - love sharing
  • Hate indifference - love involvement / daring

In few words, we basically hate not to assert our usual selves.


We also talked about our daring to change our business model, to go open source and about the hardships of forming the basis of a community (FINkers United). But what better audience to seek ideas from? What better people to come to our aid with their knowledge and expertise? Cause we do need help in this rebellion, we do need co-thinkers in rocking the boat of financial transactions processing. And, as someone during the Rebel Jam said, we can start small, but we cannot start alone. And if the hate-love list above means something to you, maybe you'll consider joining us.


And just so you can meet some of us, say hello to the Allevo rebel team :)



Will the real rebels please stand up!!!


I was not the true crazy rebel though, as I did need my bio break and could not stay throughout the night. Apparently, there was no difference in substance between Europe and America, but just that change in cultural tone. It would have been interesting to see that. Maybe next time :)


With the interesting talks now over, guess it's time for acting. We should bring corporate rebellion to the next level, a more actionable one, beyond the nice narratives, with a lot more clarity. So… let's go really change something, because is behavior that drives culture. We are not troublemakers, we are believers: in change, in creativity, in sharing. And also romantics… at least some of us :)

And never forget that what us, rebels, should be looking for is "authenticity of being".


Bye-bye Rebels and good luck wherever you are! 'til the next one!


PS: This is on an even more personal note: so happy the rebels liked what I made for the Rebel Jam :)


Waiting for the Rebel Jam


Only tomorrow is not Thursday 30 and then it's time for Reeeeebel Jaaaam :) Remember I told you a while back that at the end of this month you have the chance to spend a cool corporate 24 hours? And no, there is no incongruity here, not if Corporate Rebels United has something to do with it!



So, until the clock strikes noon two days from now (12.00 CET) you have enough time to register, if you haven't done so by now, clear your schedule, arrange your chair, turn up your volume and be up for some inspiring entertainment and provocative discussions. On what? Well... on leading networked organizations, on reinventing sales management, on reasons to build a distributed team, on how office design can improve collaboration and innovation, on taboos in the workplace that block innovation and how to solve them by humor, on leadership for someone or leadingship for everyone, on corporate spring - a journey from fear to love, on the human capacity project, on being a rebel inside the government, on how to tackle the issues everyone cares about but no-one owns… for example :)


And because it feels great to be a rebel with such a cause, we will be part of this jam, with our own presentation slot. For 30 minutes (15:30-16:00 CET) we would like to talk to the other rebels about the reason to liberally give and take (this is what we like to call the Allevo team rebellion :)). It's about having the courage to disrupt the comfort of immobility, about shared cultural achievements, about hating the new given ring to innovation, but loving true creativity, about hating manipulation, but loving free thinking.


Of course, it all has something to do with us trying to rebel against the status quo of the current financial transactions world, reshaping our business model in order to launch the first open source platform for financial transactions processing - FinTP - and build a community around it - FINkers United.


But there's a pitfall; that of not knowing very well how to inspire a large pull of people. And that's where we are searching for ideas from bright minds like yours and of the corporate rebels around the world.


That being said, let's rebel together and let's start doing it this Thursday. Oh, and just to remind you that you can join at anytime the Corporate Rebels United group on Facebook or the Romanian Hub, created to show the world our country has rebels too :)

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