Curtis School of Excellence

Throughout November and December, Chicago Fins collected food items and monetary donations for a 2nd Grade Class at the Curtis School of Excellence in Chicago’s South Side. At school, the children are provided both breakfast and lunch at school and often don’t eat a consistent dinner. During the holiday break, most students will not eat regular meals at home. With Pariveda’s donations, each student was supplied with a bag of ready-to-eat food, toiletries, and winter gloves the last day before break. 

Pariveda Solutions Gives Back to The Boys and Girls Club of America through Hack-Back by The Technology Association of Georgia and Mobility LIVE

The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) and Metro Atlanta Chamber recognizes Pariveda Solutions as a top finalist in the first ever Mobility Live Hack-Back Invitational. Pariveda Solutions placed second in the Hack-Back programming challenge for their mobile website developed for the Boys and Girls Club of America. The Technology Association of Georgia partnered with Mobility LIVE to host a month-long programming challenge benefiting three national nonprofits headquartered in Atlanta.
Pariveda selected The Boys and Girls Club as their Hack-Back charity due to their affection for and the impact of this outstanding philanthropic organization. Pariveda also selected BGCA due to similarities in both organizations’ mission. Pariveda’s own mission is to develop employees to their fullest potential in their career while The Boys and Girls Club develops kids to their fullest potential in whatever they do.
Pariveda worked with BGCA to understand desired improvements to their online experience and to drive awareness and action by donors and at-risk boys and girls. BGCA wanted to make it easy for people to share their own success story, and how as a youth, BGCA had impacted their lives. Secondly, BGCA wanted make it easier for parents, mentors and the at-risk youth to find a club. Finally, BGCA wanted to simplify the donations page. Pariveda created a mobile website integrating with social media for the submission of success stories, improved the geolocation services so that it was simple to find a club and simplified the donations process.
See the full press release here.

Freedom to Learn With an Infinite Game Mindset

In our prior edition, we described Pariveda as an infinite game engine. A strong clue about our intended design is our name. In ancient Sanskrit it means to reach for complete knowledge (without ever truly finding it). “Pariveda” contains essential aspects of our infinite game—there is no ending, every player wins and every player’s goal is to keep the game going. Our infinite game perspective gives each of us the freedom to experiment and grow. Pariveda’s goal is to keep learning forever and for our Fins to sustain Pariveda by fulfilling themselves through learning, coaching and giving opportunities. Coaching and giving are deeper forms of learning and thus higher levels
of game play.

Coaching is part of our infinite learning game. Almost all learning occurs through working with others which quickly leads to coaching opportunities. Individual and team learning is constrained by how much coaching you are receiving in the traditional worldview. When you look at this same situation with an infinite lens, the coaching opportunities become endless, as do the opportunities to experiment and try new things. Every person (Fin, client, etc.) is a potential coach you can learn from and use your relationship skills to practice forming closer bonds with.

Giving is often associated with community service, and while those are fulfilling learning opportunities, instead let’s examine our dreaded Point of View (PoV) as a giving process. Apart from on the job learning, the PoV is the single greatest opportunity we offer Fins for lifetime learning.

Unfortunately, some tend to view the PoV process as transactional: a finite game to earn promotion. Your PoV is your infinite game of continued learning and giving. You can experiment with all you have learned as a solution architect and share the great gifts of knowledge you have found within yourself. The PoV is not testing a right or wrong answer. It is an infinite game designed to share your unique perspective and passion with others—Fins, clients and prospects—and grow through this special experience to even greater thinking.

Your participation in our infinite game is vital to Pariveda since it marks the path for
future generations of Fins to follow. An infinite game mindset enables us to give to a hopeful world eager to learn, ever seeking solutions to its seemingly never-ending challenges. Most importantly for you, the individual, an infinite game mindset gives you the freedom to experiment and grow through the experience.

Bruce Ballengee, CEO

Infinite Gamification- Pariveda’s Expectations Framework

One of our FinFest presentations was on gamification and a question was asked about what is the game at Pariveda. A number of game elements were mentioned as possible answers, such as our Expectations Framework (EF). The answer: Pariveda as a whole is intentionally designed like a game for individuals to achieve their highest, fullest potential which requires an infinite rather than a finite game because careers are long-running affairs. Working lifespans are not infinite but they are very, very long. For a game to work infinitely, its elements must function accordingly and that is the intended role of our EF.

The EF lays out the game levels (cohorts) and the tasks (demonstrable skills) associated with each: pure, simple and transparent. When you have demonstrated proficiency you advance to the next level and earn rewards such as increases in pay, recognition, accountability and authority. Unlike an artificial game, our game is in real life. You play on multiple levels with different levels of mastery across different tasks simultaneously, when your advancing skills combine in a synergy of capabilities across thresholds of maturity as a professional, leader, coach, advisor and architect, you are ready for promotion to the next level. You are competing against a published standard of excellence (EF), not others. The power for one’s career advancement resides with you, the individual. Our game is subjective, but provides transparency on a level playing field. We do not hide behind anything. In our very vulnerability as an organization, we make it safe for everyone. There are no losers. Everyone wins. Without the EF, our infinite game doesn’t work nearly as well. Closest literary/film analogy: Ender’s Game.

Compare our game to others’ where they reward individuals for endurance and pandering to supervisors. Numeric ranking systems are used most often (never with an EF). Everyone touts their game as objective. However, these finite game systems are entirely subjective, and not transparent, using brute force methods to advance some individuals’ careers. More hours worked correlates with learning and some of that might be relevant to career advancement even in the absence of intentionality. If you keep getting raises, keep hanging around, working more hours, learning more things, then just by surviving you might advance (about 1% advance regardless of industry or profession). The organization games individuals through a series of subjective gates. The game is all about giving power to the organization and not to individuals. Closest literary/film analogy: Hunger Games.

An infinite loop of finite games is not the same as an infinite game with finite loops. Pariveda’s game is pure, simple and transparent, with the goal to develop the individual for their higher purpose because that serves the greatest good for us as members of our organization and as citizens of our world.

Bruce Ballengee, CEO                          

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