What is a Holon?
Holon derives from the same root as the word holistic, and also the suffix, -on indicating a particle, or a piece. A Hol - on is something that is simultaneously a whole, and a part of a greater whole.
A Holon is something that is simultaneously a part and a whole. A living symbiosis. This is what we work to create on all of our projects, with our team, with our partners, and with the world at large.
The idea of Holons or of a Holarchy, or a Holonic business model, is very simply the idea of synergy. Holon in terms of business is the idea of independent parts working together in a greater system - also the idea of multiple systems working together to form a cohesive and symbiotic whole. In layman's terms: Holon is two or more people or groups working together to benefit each other mutually, producing results with means that are within the scope of their natural behavior. For instance, bees, and flowers, form a natural Holon, and depend on each other for survival. Similarly, authors, artists, businesses, and non-profits, form natural Holons that are not being properly organized or utilized. Holon is here to make those connections easy.
Holon was established at the end of 2011 and beginning of 2012 with the plan to redefine and transform a stagnant industry of self-publishing for a massive community of authors worldwide who had paid to publish their written works. Holon Publishing and Collective Press, while being a publishing company, also started its roots as a B2B agency, providing social media marketing, graphic and web design, and content marketing, for businesses and non-profits of all kinds. The vision from the beginning has been a holistic approach to publishing that integrates income sources from B2B transaction with non-profits, authors, and artists, allowing a unique sharing or profits that ensures both sustainability and profitability for all involved in the process. Since founding, Holon has been building a collective of creative professionals, as well as a collective of authors, startups, artists, musicians, businesses, and non-profits, worldwide.
Quite simply: The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.