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Practical guidance for self-organising teams
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If you are trying to organise in a collaborative team, you may be asking yourself:

  • “How do we include people in decisions without spending so much time in meetings?”
  • “How do we set priorities, distribute tasks and stay aligned on shared goals?”
  • “If we don’t have managers, how do we get feedback, resolve conflict and stay accountable?”

You are not alone! We’ve faced these dilemmas in our own decentralised organisations, and we can help you get unstuck.


Richard Bartlett
Entrepreneur | Writer | Decentralized Organizations | Self-Management | Bottom-up Politics

From the About section on LeanPub:

Richard Bartlett is one of the co-founders of Loomio, an open-source software tool for collaborative decision-making. He’s also a Catalyst at Enspiral: a network of self-organising companies who have been working without bosses since 2010. Most recently he co-founded The Hum, a small consulting company to share practical guidance for decentralised organisations.

He’s passionate about co-ownership, self-management, collaborative governance, and other ways of sneaking anarchism into respectable places.

He is the author of the (work-in-progress) book Patterns for Decentralised Organising


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Our friend and collaborator @_becomingtogether_ will be sharing her expertise and passion for mediation during our upcoming course: Mediation Skills for Collaborative Teams 4 Live Sessions, starting Dec 4, 6:00 PM CET If you are ready to develop your capacity to respond to conflict and feel confident supporting your collaborators in a difficult conversation or restorative dialogue, and foster a …Read more
It’s so inspiring to have our collaborators bringing their passion and expertise to share with our community of learners. We’d like to introduce you to Jocelyn Ames, who will be hosting our upcoming course on Mediation Skills for Collaborative Teams. Join us to learn how to transform conflict into connection! When this happens, it’s usually because the owner only shared …Read more
Feedback can be hard to hear. Because of the tension between two core needs: learning and being accepted. . Even a benign suggestion can leave you feeling angry, anxious, threatened… Because it can activate psychological triggers. . These are some tips that can help you get ready to receive feedback: . Build your self-awareness and find strategies to cope with …Read more
Remember that time when you had to have a “difficult conversation” with a team member? Your palms were sweaty, heart racing, yet you didn’t know how to initiate the dialogue without sounding like you’re reading a script for a courtroom drama. We’re going to help you approach these conversations with confidence and ease. . We designed this short course to …Read more
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Decisions aren’t one-size-fits-all. High-functioning teams often switch between different decision-making methods depending on the context. Let’s explore these 3 different decision making methods and their differences: 💡 Consensus: the ultimate group agreement 💡 Consent: quick, efficient alignment 💡 The Advice Process: wisdom through consultation Are you ready to learn how to use these methods effectively? And when? And how can …Read more
Did you know that we provide part and full scholarships? Check out our upcoming short courses and if you would like to apply please fill the form on each registration page. Find out more 👉 #collaboration #teameffectiveness #decentralization #collaborativework #futureofwork #collaborationtrainings #organisationaldevelopment #scolarship Upcoming events. Practical guidance for decentralised organisations and self-managing teams. …Read more
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We are really happy to invite you to our next free session, hosted by Lana Jelenjev – Community Alchemist where we’ll explore what makes a workplace inviting and welcoming for people to engage, contribute, and work collaboratively even when faced with tension or conflict? . Fostering a Culture of Belonging at Work 25th July, 5-6pm CEST, Free exploratory session on …Read more
We have uploaded a new video to our YouTube channel! 🎥 . Follow the link to watch Nati & Helen from our team, discuss task distribution through Dynamic Roles. 👉 . And if you want to learn how to work with this modality don’t miss your chance to sign up for Helen’s upcoming Introduction course next Tuesday, July 11th …Read more
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Helen Triggs from our team shares her thoughts on how to work with Dynamic Roles We invite you to read her whole article here 👉 #team #collaboration #rolesandresponsibilities #organisationaldevelopment #decentralization #teal I have an inkling that a key source of conflict at work is unclear boundaries and unclear accountabilities. The rapid rate of change and increasing uncertainty in the …Read more
We are glad to introduce you to our amazing collaborators and the workshops they are developing to share their knowledge with our community of learners. . Please, meet Helen Triggs and learn about her upcoming course: “Introduction to Dynamic Roles” . In this 2-hour introductory course we will explore how Dynamic Roles can help structure an organisation for more adaptability …Read more
Many people avoid conflict because they have only experienced conflict being poorly handled. But if we begin having experiences in which people navigate conflict skilfully and find more connection on the other side, we find ourselves moving toward conflict, seeing it as an opportunity for positive transformation. . If you are interested in becoming more capable of navigating conflict in …Read more
You’re invited to join our research project. We want to understand more about the collaboration challenges you face at work and how we can help you. We have a lot of new training courses in development so we want to know what we can focus on that will be most helpful for you. If you have 5-10 minutes spare to …Read more
How might we design transformative organisations that can enrich the lives of those we serve? . Change is difficult. As individuals, we deal with change continuously in our lives. It is the same for organisations that we are part of. A global survey conducted by McKinsey revealed a less promising truth: most efforts to fundamentally change the trajectory of an …Read more
If you are curious about change and transformation, don’t miss Lana Jelenjev – Community Alchemist talking about her upcoming courses at The Hum 👉 in our YouTube channel 🎬 Lana Jelenjev explains her upcoming courses:* 2 hours – Introduction: Understanding Change –* 2 weeks – … …Read more
“When we learn to recognize and harmonize the patterns of polarization within ourselves and with others, there is a profound revolution in flow and collaboration. Instead of the destructive complexity of reactivity and blame, we benefit from synergistic complexity. IFS offers one of the clearest maps to understand these patterns.” – Karl Steyaert . Come learn with us and other …Read more
We are really excited about the upcoming courses our amazing collaborators are hosting! . During April and May, Lana Jelenjev – Community Alchemist will be hosting two interactive workshops to help us explore and understand the journey of change. . Lana is a Filipina, now based in the Netherlands, who designs spaces for “KAPWA” (shared inner selves) to flourish. She …Read more
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If you are curious about how we might design transformative organisations that can enrich the lives of those we serve, join our upcoming courses hosted by @LanaJelenjev To learn more and register 👉 …Read more
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RT @cecile_mcm: People have been asking me what those ‘transformational online courses’ I keep referring to are + where they can find them. I’ve just added a ‘learning’ page on my website where I list the ones I recommend + also the ones I’ve heard good stuff about: …Read more
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