Hypha Experiments

Joachim's Thought Space

Hypha Accelerator Program for Exponential Impact (APEX)


One of the challenges for Hypha is to grow the ecosystem in a healthy and sustainable way. The dominant strategy so far is to launch a large-scale movement (our own SEEDS movement) or movement-of-movements (uniting other movements) through an extensive network of ambassadors and word-of-mouth activities (such as events and campaigns). While this strategy leads to a potentially large influx of new users, it has to overcome the Chasm between Early Adopters and Early Majority. In order to Cross The Chasm, we must come together and find real and meaningful ways to collaborate (going deep). This is where a new, complementary strategy comes into play, called the Accelerator Program for Exponential Impact (APEX). 


This new growth strategy creates a special funding/grant program for "XOs", special organizations that act as accelerators or incubators with exponential impact. This new kind of organization is using a highly tuned socio-ecological, socio-cultural, and socio-technical "stack" that allows XOs to rapidly scale the ecosystem and activate hundreds, if not thousands of new local pilots around the planet. This is done through a deeper awareness of bioregional, communal, institutional and commons-based patterns that become directly embedded in the APEX approach. The primary delivery method for this organization is an "Organization-in-a-Box", "Marketplace-in-a-Box", or "Village-in-a-Box", a simple way to bundle our knowledge artifacts and recipes, to deliver it as a (digital or physical) box, and to capture the feedback in a cybernetic loop that Cheryl Heller calls the Social Design Process


Hypha has already prototyped this process through a Meiosis with Samara in which two quests were launched through a contribution proposal in Hypha with the intention to create a separate organization that is very much connected with Hypha through a symbiotic relationship. While the new entity is fully autonomous (e.g. via a separate token and governance model), the relationship remains mutual through a series of bi-directional knowledge and value flows (not unlike Nora Bateson's Symmathesy). As a side effect of this growth strategy, we are able to expand our ecosystem through "waves" in which these new entities can then themselves spawn the next generation of child-entities (a process known as autopoiesis). 

Application Process (DRAFT)

  1. Potential XOs review the application criteria and decide to apply
  2. A special XO incubation quest is proposed on the DHO (with a new organization account)
  3. As part of the application, a clear and concise purpose/aim of the XO must be provided
  4. If passed, the organization receives the first round of funding and begins the quest 

Application Criteria (DRAFT)

Quest Reward (DRAFT)






Hypha and Seeds Impact Metrics



As Hypha (the organization) and Seeds (the movement) are slowly expanding their scopes, we need to build a framework to assess the impact we have on a wide range of initiatives for pilots on the ground and around the planet. While each initiative will have a different impact given the local context, we want to apply a common framework to measure key impact metrics, namely STrAX, a Sustainable Transformation Index developed by Aissa Azzouzi, the Activation Matrix, developed by Joachim Stroh and a System Map for Thrivability developed by Dr. Anneloes Smitsman.  The result is a process (abstracted below) that can tell us how we are doing as our scopes are increasing from the individual-psychological (on the left) towards the organizational-cultural-communal, bioregional-governmental and - as an aggregate measure - the societal and the global (on the right).

It is important to note that we are working from both the individual (e.g. connecting to individuals starting to play the GPP game and become a resident) and the organizational (connecting with new alliance partners through the ambassador academy and network) as well as the bioregional-governmental (e.g. key players like Lisa and Franz working directly with government organizations in Costa Rica or Sweden). Having said that, the initiatives are very much focused on local "hot spots" (explained later) and pursue a complimentary strategy to rewarding broader audiences (e.g. all GPP holders) for participation in Seeds (e.g. via the Game of Seeds approach). 

The map below is abstracted and the actual implementation will look different (see Rieki's Bioregion and Ecovillage deck for examples of a potential UI/UX). 


Deployment Strategy

As Hypha is constantly developing new products for the global network and ecosystem, we need a solid deployment strategy to (1) ensure that the technology and blueprints can be adopted and adapted in a given local context and (2) to collect direct feedback from participants in the field to iterate and refine our solution sets. For this to happen, we introduce Accelerators and Incubators, a special kind of organization called "XOs" with a larger capacity, wider reach & access to pilot spaces on the ground. As part of the deployment strategy, these XOs must run assessments (surveys, interviews, etc) on a regular basis to check the pulse of the network (and as such level of coherence). Depicted below are both Hypha (Core Tech on the left), Accelerators and Incubators (using toolsets such as Org-in-a-Box, Marketplace-in-a-Box and Village-in-a-Box in the center) and the wider global network/ecosystem (on the right). Color coding can indicate the readiness on the ground across the different stakeholders, detailed in the Activation Matrix


Activation Matrix

The purpose of the Activation Matrix is to ensure the full participation of key stakeholders on the ground across four different areas:

  1. Bioregion & Municipality Activation (the goal is to protect & govern)
  2. Community Activation (the goal is to listen & learn)
  3. Knowledge Activation (the goal is to map & model)
  4. Alliance Activation (the goal is to build & sustain)

Each stakeholder will bring in unique perspectives, skills and expertise to provide for the "fertile soil" from which a potential solution can arise. Note that this approach is strictly "bottom-up", our task is to listen to and to amplify the signals that are already present on the ground. To tie the Activation Matrix to the Impact Metrics, note the "Hot Spots" depicted on the left side of the graphic. This is where the prioritization and the assessments are taking place, before, during and after the deployment of potential solutions on the ground. A color schema can assist in determining the current status of the activation (e.g. "all systems go" for the Community Activation below). To learn more about  Activation Matrix (also called Glocal Impact Matrix), please watch this short video.


Implementation Mechanics

Sustainable Transformation Index

The Sustainable Transformation Index (STrAX) was developed by Aissa Azzouzi and includes an assessment matrix the collects a composite score for Trust, Love and Care. 




The assessment is applied (e.g. on a 5-star rating scale) across an array of key indicators (in this case the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals but it could be any other indicators, such as Kate Raworth's key indicators in the Doughnut Economics model or Seeds economic indicators, targets or objectives). The assessment and rating is done with both the probing organization and the impacted stakeholders and then compared to each other to see which if any discrepancies are becoming obvious. Larger mismatches indicate a higher degree of incoherence.  


When starting a new pilot, a Statement of Purpose is be jointly developed ex-ante to clearly formulate and express the project's intention and implied intrinsic values. During this phase of the project launch, the team is beginning to manifest the impact and to document the outcome by consistently measuring the state of harmony and coherence through the Trust, Love, and Care index.  The project is monitored ex-post with a Statement of Stakeholders Expectations that includes the expected derived values and the perceived transformation potential.