Fredric Laloux's "Reinventing Organizations" just blew my mind when it comes to hope and confidence. He has followed a dozen organizations that work - successfully - in a new way, of which one of the core elements is self-organization (what I like to call working like a swarm). The criteria for these organizations to be included in his research was:
- They had to have worked in this new way for at least five years.
- There had to be at least 100 people in the organizations (one had 40000).
Here is an excerpt from his RSA presentation, which can also be found on Youtube in its entirety.