This excerpt seems almost like another language, "pretentious businessese", to coin a term, but it is interesting that HBR references Alpha as a model of something new and effective.
Consider also an initiative that grew not out of Silicon Valley but out of a church in London. The Alpha Course is a template for introducing people to Christian beliefs. Anyone wishing to host a course can freely use its materials and basic format—10 meetings devoted to the central questions of life—with no need to gather in a church. Catalyzed by a model that empowers local leaders, the course has reached 24 million people in living rooms and cafés in almost every country in the world.
All things to all men, I suppose, but any time Alpha is mentioned in a positive light, especially in a secular publication, I'm happy.What’s distinctive about these participatory behaviors is that they effectively “upload” power from a source that is diffuse but enormous—the passions and energies of the many. Technology underpins these models, but what drives them is a heightened sense of human agency.