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Richard Bartlett
Richard Bartlett
Entrepreneur | Writer | Decentralized Organizations | Self-Management | Bottom-up Politics
Entrepreneur | Writer | Decentralized Organizations | Self-Management | Bottom-up Politics
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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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Enspiral
EnSpiral
To support people who want to spend their lives changing the world

Working on stuff that matters

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Enspiral started with a vision to support more people to spend their lives working to solve the greatest challenges of our time.

Since inception, we’ve been testing ways of working together with trust and respect to share money, information and control as openly as possible. As a community, we’ve supported hundreds of people
to launch and build all sorts of initiatives, projects and world-changing ventures.

We’re committed to continuing to learn and grow our positive impact together.

The Enspiral Foundation is a charitable company co-owned by the Enspiral Members. Its mission is to support the network as a whole, facilitate collaboration between the people and ventures, and further the overall social mission of Enspiral.

 

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Loomio
Loomio
Helps your group make better decisions together

Free your organization from tedious meetings and endless email chains

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A place for your organization’s serious discussions

With Loomio, people participate on the web, email or mobile, in their own time. Discussions stay on topic, and Loomio suits a variety of discussion formats and styles.

When you’re ready to make a decision, get feedback, or move from talk to action, Loomio’s polling tools are at your fingertips.

Get the best out of your team with Loomio’s effective decision tools

  •  Time poll: Choose a date for your event that suits everyone
  •  Proposal: Find out what your group thinks about a course of action
  •  Check: Count how many people have completed a task, or ask for volunteers
  •  Rank choices: Prioritise among options
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Microsolidarity
Microsolidarity
Mutual aid communities for personal development, in good company, for social benefit.


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In late 2018, Richard D. Bartlett published a proposal to start a “microsolidarity” group — a small mutual aid community for people to do a kind of personal development, in good company, for social benefit.

Since then, an open research network has been gradually self-organising around this concept and these practices.

This website is the central hub to collect resources for the co-development of multiple such communities. Read through the articles to understand the project. You’ll find methods for cultivating Crews for peer-to-peer support in tiny groups.

The fifth Microsolidarity Practice Program is happening in September 2020, register here if you would like to join the next practice group.

You can check out some recorded conversations on this YouTube playlist or this podcast feed and be sure to join the Loomio group if you want to connect with other practitioners. Join Rich’s newsletter for occasional updates on this project.

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The Hum
The Hum
Practical guidance for self-organising teams


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From The Hum website:

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.

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Recent Content

Last 50 posts on own channels (YouTube, Podcast, Medium or Website/Blog):

When God Winks at You
Published on: 9 Apr 24 in Richard Bartlett – Blog by Richard D. Bartlett

Sound at the Speed of Sunset
Published on: 29 Mar 24 in Richard Bartlett – Blog by Richard D. Bartlett

What we learned from a 3-month co-living experiment
Published on: 5 Mar 24 in Richard Bartlett – Blog by Richard D. Bartlett

The Spiritual Ecology of Microsolidarity
Published on: 13 Feb 24 in Richard Bartlett – Blog by Richard D. Bartlett

Why I’m hosting a leadership retreat this week
Published on: 9 Jan 24 in Richard Bartlett – Blog by Richard D. Bartlett

Use this Map to Self-Evaluate your Level of Agency
Published on: 3 Jan 24 in Richard Bartlett – Blog by Richard D. Bartlett

Designing For Discomfort
Published on: 9 Dec 23 in Richard Bartlett – Blog by Richard D. Bartlett

Running a local lodge for your internet friends
Published on: 7 Dec 23 in Richard Bartlett – Blog by Richard D. Bartlett

How Growing Up Should Be I Think
Published on: 5 Nov 23 in Richard Bartlett – Blog by Richard D. Bartlett

Seeing Like a Superorganism
Published on: 28 Oct 23 in Richard Bartlett – Blog by Richard D. Bartlett

Perceptive or Invasive – Where’s The Line?
Published on: 14 Oct 23 in Richard Bartlett – Blog by Richard D. Bartlett

That time I met a cool bird
Published on: 13 Oct 23 in Richard Bartlett – Blog by Richard D. Bartlett

Fridges Fridgerating Faithfully
Published on: 25 Sep 23 in Richard Bartlett – Blog by Richard D. Bartlett

Berlin Microsolidarity Project – Nicki Endres & Richard D. Bartlett
Published on: 19 Sep 23 in Richard Bartlett – YouTube by Richard Bartlett

Our Prototype Retreat Centre
Published on: 19 Sep 23 in Richard Bartlett – Blog by Richard D. Bartlett

Meaning Legos
Published on: 3 Sep 23 in Richard Bartlett – Blog by Richard D. Bartlett

Notes from Jesscamp2
Published on: 25 Aug 23 in Richard Bartlett – Blog by Richard D. Bartlett

Conversations with Nati
Published on: 20 Aug 23 in Richard Bartlett – Blog by Richard D. Bartlett

As Pants The Hart
Published on: 11 Aug 23 in Richard Bartlett – Blog by Richard D. Bartlett

Hospitality is a Two Player Game
Published on: 7 May 23 in Richard Bartlett – Blog by Richard D. Bartlett

Budgeting for Event Organisers
Published on: 5 May 23 in Richard Bartlett – Medium by Richard D. Bartlett

Ostrom’s Kitchen
Published on: 13 Apr 23 in Richard Bartlett – Blog by Richard D. Bartlett

Liminal Village
Published on: 19 Mar 23 in Richard Bartlett – Blog by Richard D. Bartlett

Fan Letter to Portishead, 25 years later
Published on: 12 Mar 23 in Richard Bartlett – Medium by Richard D. Bartlett

Wandering Lucky
Published on: 8 Mar 23 in Richard Bartlett – Blog by Richard D. Bartlett

#12: The Prodigal Son
Published on: 27 Dec 22 in Richard Bartlett – Blog by Richard D. Bartlett

Working with the OpenCollective API
Published on: 20 Oct 22 in Richard Bartlett – Medium by Richard D. Bartlett

#11 Microsolidarity Updates & Denver Gathering
Published on: 24 Aug 22 in Richard Bartlett – Blog by Richard D. Bartlett

#10: where’s the place you stand most strongly?
Published on: 5 Apr 22 in Richard Bartlett – Blog by Richard D. Bartlett

#9: Decentralised Tech & the Future of Organising
Published on: 19 Nov 21 in Richard Bartlett – Blog by Richard D. Bartlett

#8 Metamodern Social Justice
Published on: 11 Feb 21 in Richard Bartlett – Blog by Richard D. Bartlett

Transformative Learning is all about Practice & Connection
Published on: 9 Feb 21 in Richard Bartlett – Medium by Richard D. Bartlett

#7: A Collective of Collectives
Published on: 12 Dec 20 in Richard Bartlett – Blog by Richard D. Bartlett

Hosting a gathering during a pandemic
Published on: 24 Nov 20 in Richard Bartlett – Medium by Richard D. Bartlett

Hosting a gathering during a pandemic
Published on: 24 Nov 20 in Richard Bartlett – Medium by Richard D. Bartlett

Sharing Money With Friends: What Could Go Wrong?
Published on: 13 Oct 20 in Richard Bartlett – Medium by Richard D. Bartlett

Sharing Money With Friends: What Could Go Wrong?
Published on: 13 Oct 20 in Richard Bartlett – Medium by Richard D. Bartlett

Sharing Money With Friends: What Could Go Wrong?
Published on: 13 Oct 20 in Richard Bartlett – Medium by Richard D. Bartlett

#6: Holiday Brain Food
Published on: 15 Aug 20 in Richard Bartlett – Blog by Richard D. Bartlett

I’m growing a bigger audience on Twitter, which is fun for me because I am
Published on: 6 Aug 20 in Richard Bartlett – Medium by Richard D. Bartlett

I have fallen out of love with Medium.
Published on: 6 Aug 20 in Richard Bartlett – Medium by Richard D. Bartlett

#5: Exponential change starts imperceptibly gradual
Published on: 11 Jun 20 in Richard Bartlett – Blog by Richard D. Bartlett

Ausus Congregation – 8 June 2020
Published on: 8 Jun 20 in Richard Bartlett – YouTube by Richard Bartlett

Better audio quality on your videocalls
Published on: 5 Jun 20 in Richard Bartlett – Medium by Richard D. Bartlett

Jordan Lyon – initiating a new microsolidarity congregation in Seattle
Published on: 1 Jun 20 in Richard Bartlett – YouTube by Richard Bartlett

Silvia Bastos and Michal Korzonek experimenting with crews – conversation with Nati & Rich
Published on: 1 Jun 20 in Richard Bartlett – YouTube by Richard Bartlett

Cultural Catalyst Network – presentation from Karl & Leonie
Published on: 1 Jun 20 in Richard Bartlett – YouTube by Richard Bartlett

Maastricht Microsolidarity Congregation: ep 2
Published on: 29 Apr 20 in Richard Bartlett – YouTube by Richard Bartlett

Coronavirus: light and dark. Collective sensemaking with Ronan Harrington & Richard D. Bartlett
Published on: 21 Apr 20 in Richard Bartlett – YouTube by Richard Bartlett

Coronavirus: light and dark. Collective sensemaking with Ronan Harrington & Richard D. Bartlett
Published on: 21 Apr 20 in Richard Bartlett – YouTube by Richard Bartlett

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This is a book about working in groups, based on 8 years experience in community projects and startups.

I’m not so interested in what you’re working on together, I’m just going to focus on how you do it. To my way of thinking, it doesn’t matter if you’re trying to build a better electric vehicle, or develop government policy, or blockade a pipeline; whenever you work with a group of people on a shared objective, there’s some stuff you’re going to deal with, some challenges. How do we decide what we’re working on? who does what? who can join our team? what are our expectations for each other? what happens when someone doesn’t fulfil those expectations? what do we do with disagreement? how do decisions get made?

I’m convinced there is not a “one size fits all” recipe, a management structure that you can take off the shelf and install in your collective or your company. But my hypothesis is that there are patterns: common design elements you can draw on as you construct a recipe that’s right for you. Each pattern in this book names a challenge that you are likely to face, and offers tools and techniques you can try in response to that challenge.

This is a book for community organisers, leaders, managers, consultants, coaches, facilitators, founders… if you work with groups of humans, these patterns apply to you.

Why publishing a work in progress?

This book is not 100% complete yet. My intention is to release it early, so I can improve it with your feedback. I’m eager to hear any comments you have after reading the book: do you have unanswered questions? are there any parts where the writing could be improved? do you want to share an insight with me? Join the conversation in our discussion group on Loomio: patterns.loomio.org

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Recent Videos and Podcasts where Richard Bartlett has been interviewed

To participate live, RSP here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcqceCqqTsvGtYiwkpajBkryI1Jfl7HM7xY …Read more
Jim talks with Richard Bartlett about the ideas in his essay “What we learned from a 3-month co-living experiment.” They discuss Jim’s visit to a co-living house, community & its recent decline, …Read more
Jared Janes and Jason Snyder talk with Richard Bartlett about what led to his interest in group dynamics, quarantine in Italy, local vs digital collaboration, social enterprise, metamodernism & an action-oriented critique, rivalrous dynamics, …Read more
Rich, co-founder of The Hum (a non-heirarchical business consultancy), is back to talk about the differences, both positive and negative, with virtual and physical relationships. We talk about how geographical …Read more
In this episode, Rich, the co-creator of Enspiral and Loomio(complex collaborative systems) and I talk about about why people have such a hard time working together, from how we were …Read more
In this conversation, I speak with Richard Dennis Bartlett. Richard is an author, organizational consultant, and founder of Loomio and The Hum, as well as a member of Enspiral network. …Read more
Here’s the invitation Nicki, Jocelyn & Karl developed for the Berlin Microsolidarity Project: https://gardenlove.notion.site/Berlin-Microsolidarity-Project-f294d1f05a9a4a3dbcc45ebe66bfed48 …Read more
Just now I remembered a story I want to tell: the most magical / divine intervention / storybook perfect moment of my life. I was invited as a guest at …Read more
Sound at the Speed of Sunset is my new ambient music project. Conceptually, the album was conceived over a three month period during which I sat each day to observe …Read more
The Andalusian mountains are so beautifulNati & I just wrapped up a 3-month experiment: we rented a big house in the south of Spain for co-living & community-building events. For …Read more
I share here the transcript of a short monologue I recently gave, speaking about the spiritual undercurrents of our community-building project, Microsolidarity. Thank you to Abhay for opening the conversation.The …Read more
A few years ago I never would have guessed I would end up running a leadership retreat. But here I am, sitting in this lovely big farm house in the …Read more
I drew this diagram to illustrate a lot of related insights about agency, hosting, community-building, collaborative leadership & social change.It’s all coming out in a bit of a rush so …Read more
I picked up Ivan at the airport, glad to have an hour together in the car before we join the group at the house. A chance to catch up and …Read more
Nati and I have just started a 3-month experiment: we’ve rented a big house in Spain to host our friends & clients. We moved in two weeks ago, and just …Read more
You’re very little. Some feelings are overwhelming. You call for help. Here’s Mum. She syncs her nervous system with yours. You feel slightly bigger. She shows you that she can …Read more
On the surface, microsolidarity is a community-building framework, an engineer’s attempt to invent a cure for loneliness. But beneath the waterline, there’s a deeper project.If I’m honest, I am trying …Read more
I feel like my capacity to subtly influence people keeps growing, but my ethical framework is not necessarily keeping up.esoteric beings influence each other with subtle psychic energies, by DALL-E …Read more
Photo by Lars Falkdalen LindahlAs I’m sitting here writing at my window seat, there are a couple of wagtails walking the grounds outside. Literally early birds getting the worm. I …Read more
We’ve spent a bunch of time in these industrial parks lately, working on the camper. I can feel my memories being erased even while I’m sitting here looking at the …Read more
Nati & I just signed a short term lease on a lovely villa in the south of Spain. We’ll be living here until the end of February:For years we’ve dreamed …Read more
This week I started a new class at the School For Social Design. They’re teaching me how to be more articulate about my values, so I can design social systems …Read more
Earlier this summer I spent a week in a Black Forest hotel with 75 tenderhearted nerds from Twitter. I had an extremely good time. I’ve spent the last 6 weeks …Read more
My wife Nati and I love to get slightly too high on caffeine and have deep & hilarious conversations. Sometimes we wonder if it might be interesting for other people …Read more
Yesterday when the mushrooms came on I tried to enter the perspective of a deer. What is it like to be a deer? I guess they don’t think very much …Read more
today’s view from the kitchenAs soon as we arrived in the Balkans, it was obvious they’ve got the hospitality turned up a few notches compared other parts of Europe. It’s …Read more
Artwork by solarpunk illustrator Dustin JacobusWe spent last week at the Solarpunk unconference at the Commons Hub in Austria. Solarpunk is a mix of high- and low-tech, politics and art. …Read more
Today we leave Liminal Village, heading towards Frankfurt to host a workshop for a client. Liminal was the first real stop on our tour. I’m glad we came here first. …Read more
Today’s ten days since we made the shift into the camper. Day 1 was rough, I gotta say. We had a huge mission to move out of our flat, then …Read more
This is a story about my surprising turn back towards Christianity, 15 years after being excommunicated. It’ll take about 10 minutes to read, so I would love it if you …Read more
Usually this newsletter is quite eclectic but in this issue I’m going to focus on just one topic and give you a download of all the recent updates from the …Read more
Sharing my Spreadsheet For Calculating Ticket PricesPhoto by StellrWeb on UnsplashOne of the challenging things about running community events is how to manage the finances. If you’re hosting an event with an …Read more
Yesterday I was scrolling twitter, and saw someone shared a clip from your Roseland NYC video. I didn’t even have the sound on, just recognised the picture, and immediately my …Read more
OpenCollective is a financial & legal toolkit for grassroots communities. It’s awesome! We’re using it to transparently collect & spend money in the Microsolidarity Network.Anyone who contributes to our fundraising …Read more
The making of an amazing online courseNati and I are putting the finishing touches on the course design for our guided learning program: Patterns for Decentralised Organising. I’m feeling totally jazzed …Read more
How to take care of people at an event that could kill themStock photo by Cristina CerdaHosting events is a big part of how I earn my livelihood and how I do …Read more
How to take care of people at an event that could kill themStock photo by Cristina CerdaHosting events is a big part of how I earn my livelihood and how I do …Read more
Running the Finances for our Freelancers Collective with One Awesome SpreadsheetThis is partly a tutorial about how to make awesome spreadsheets, and it is partly about how we manage a …Read more
Stuff and nonesense. Stuff and nonesense. Stuff and nonesense.  Stuff and nonesense. Stuff and nonesense. Stuff and nonesense.  Stuff and nonesense. Stuff and nonesense. Stuff and nonesense.  Stuff and nonesense. …Read more
Running the Finances for our Freelancers Collective with One Awesome SpreadsheetThis is partly a tutorial about how to make awesome spreadsheets, and it is partly about how we manage a …Read more
I’m growing a bigger audience on Twitter, which is fun for me because I am just being a friendly loudmouth nerd. From there I can promote content that is hosted …Read more
I have fallen out of love with Medium. It is a good place to write, and some kinds of content get discovered here. But I don’t like that my audience …Read more
How to: record great-sounding podcasts over ZoomI’ve been experimenting with different methods for improving the audio quality of my videocalls, both for meetings and for recorded conversations like podcasts. So I …Read more
How to: record great-sounding podcasts over ZoomI’ve been experimenting with different methods for improving the audio quality of my videocalls, both for meetings and for recorded conversations like podcasts. So I …Read more
Photo by Will H McMahan on UnsplashEngaging volunteers; learning loops; decision-making; care; celebrationToday I had a call with Manu Alzuru from Fight Pandemics, a brand new volunteer project enabling peer-to-peer mutual …Read more
Yah the link is in the blogpost. Reshared here. Data format will be out of date now tho so you might have to mess around with it. I don’t have …Read more
Updated March 21stI’ve been producing my own charts to understand the Johns Hopkins coronavirus data. Here’s the situation on March 21st.Reported DeathsHere’s all the countries with 100+ reported deaths. I have zoomed …Read more
Updated March 21stI’ve been producing my own charts to understand the Johns Hopkins coronavirus data. Here’s the situation on March 21st.Reported DeathsHere’s all the countries with 100+ reported deaths. I have zoomed …Read more
Thanks Andrew, for now it is easiest to follow me on Twitter for latest updates. If I get a chance over the next few days I may make a better …Read more
A practical guide for the aspiring DIY data scientistLiving in Italy is intense right now.It took only 17 days to go from first noticing the COVID-19 outbreak, to having to refuse …Read more
A practical guide for the aspiring DIY data scientistLiving in Italy is intense right now.It took only 17 days to go from first noticing the COVID-19 outbreak, to having to refuse …Read more
A Simple Structure to Hold a New Microsolidarity CommunityLast week I published the latest story in my Microsolidarity series, explaining how to start a new mutual aid community (a “Congregation”). …Read more
3 Essential Pillars For a New Mutual Aid CommunityWeaving image by Wei-Cheng Wu on UnsplashI published the Microsolidarity proposal a year ago and really struck a chord with people. I’m overdue …Read more
Really coherent groups can maintain their harmony despite holding divergent mental models. See: neighbourhoods with a strong local culture but low political alignment. …Read more
Good work! This reminds me a lot of Aaron Swarz’s parpolity proposal from 2012. For what it’s worth, here’s my view. …Read more
has anyone written about group facilitation as a commons management problem or do I have to …Read more
you just know those fuckers who leave their dishes stacked up without rinsing would’ve failed the marshmallow test …Read more
there’s a reason you won’t find a hermitage at the beach …Read more
I have effortless courage where others tremble and I’m utterly feeble in front of challenges too small for many others to even notice… this experience of being a queer fit with the world makes me sometimes hesitant to seek external support …Read more
this but for your traumatised parts https://twitter.com/_B___S/status/1643317003287949312 …Read more
🤫 a 10X engineer is just someone in the right context …Read more
I like when ppl ask me for advice bc then I know what advice I want to hear myself …Read more
my generation keeps flipping out over new X risks the way my grandparents generation flipped out over new beatles records …Read more
do you even oscillate bro https://twitter.com/RichDecibels/status/1642069791899893762 …Read more
oh! I just noticed my unconscious reactions are re-actions, repeating past actions that are no longer fit for context …Read more
I don’t want to sell secret sauce but it’s hard to get paid for making memes …Read more
thanks so much for retweeting that basic partisan take onto my feed that’s really helpful thanks again …Read more
LLM-SEO: You Won’t Believe This One Weird Trick to Get Your Content at the Top of AI Results …Read more
I’m helping launch a new coaching org if you’re interested in the overlap between “inner work” and “outer work” join this free event tomorrow afternoonio: https://dandelion.earth/events/63fa6e9087af880002db0e6d …Read more