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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):

#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

#4: Expanding possibilities
Published on: 20 Apr 20 in Richard Bartlett – Blog by Richard D. Bartlett

Better audio quality on your videocalls
Published on: 15 Apr 20 in Richard Bartlett – Medium by Richard D. Bartlett

5 Decentralised Organising Tips For A New COVID-19 Volunteer Project
Published on: 11 Apr 20 in Richard Bartlett – Medium by Richard D. Bartlett

Joe Lightfoot & Richard D. Bartlett – Dok Rak Community – April 10, 2020
Published on: 10 Apr 20 in Richard Bartlett – YouTube by Richard Bartlett

Cultural Catalyst Network – Karl Steyaert & Richard D. Bartlett – April 6 2020
Published on: 7 Apr 20 in Richard Bartlett – YouTube by Richard Bartlett

Yah the link is in the blogpost.
Published on: 7 Apr 20 in Richard Bartlett – Medium by Richard D. Bartlett

#3: Greetings from quarantine 😷
Published on: 24 Mar 20 in Richard Bartlett – Blog by Richard D. Bartlett

A quick visual guide to the COVID-19 pandemic
Published on: 22 Mar 20 in Richard Bartlett – Medium by Richard D. Bartlett

Markel & Rich discuss Microsolidarity Mar 18th 2020
Published on: 20 Mar 20 in Richard Bartlett – YouTube by Richard Bartlett

2x7x2 with Ronan Harrington & Richard D. Bartlett
Published on: 20 Mar 20 in Richard Bartlett – YouTube by Richard Bartlett

A quick visual guide to the COVID-19 pandemic
Published on: 19 Mar 20 in Richard Bartlett – Medium by Richard D. Bartlett

Thanks Andrew, for now it is easiest to follow me on Twitter for latest updates.
Published on: 16 Mar 20 in Richard Bartlett – Medium by Richard D. Bartlett

Sooth your pandemic anxiety with spreadsheets
Published on: 14 Mar 20 in Richard Bartlett – Medium by Richard D. Bartlett

Sooth your pandemic anxiety with spreadsheets
Published on: 14 Mar 20 in Richard Bartlett – Medium by Richard D. Bartlett

Maastricht Microsolidarity Congregation: ep1
Published on: 11 Feb 20 in Richard Bartlett – YouTube by Richard Bartlett

People, Practices & Place
Published on: 28 Jan 20 in Richard Bartlett – Medium by Richard D. Bartlett

How To Weave Social Fabric
Published on: 28 Jan 20 in Richard Bartlett – Medium by Richard D. Bartlett

#2: Energising Conversations, Books, Practices & Podcasts
Published on: 24 Jan 20 in Richard Bartlett – Blog by Richard D. Bartlett

Guidance for the new directors joining the Enspiral Minimum Viable Board
Published on: 23 Jan 20 in Richard Bartlett – YouTube by Richard Bartlett

Really coherent groups can maintain their harmony despite holding divergent mental models.
Published on: 14 Jan 20 in Richard Bartlett – Medium by Richard D. Bartlett

#1 What I’m Paying Attention To
Published on: 7 Jan 20 in Richard Bartlett – Blog by Richard D. Bartlett

Introducing: What I’m paying attention to
Published on: 5 Jan 20 in Richard Bartlett – Blog

Good work!
Published on: 28 Dec 19 in Richard Bartlett – Medium by Richard D. Bartlett

A very short story about peace
Published on: 17 Dec 19 in Richard Bartlett – Medium by Richard D. Bartlett

Microsolidarity conversation Dec 7th 2018
Published on: 9 Dec 18 in Richard Bartlett – YouTube by Richard Bartlett

Jessica Feldman interviews Richard D. Bartlett
Published on: 8 Dec 18 in Richard Bartlett – YouTube by Richard Bartlett

wanna play? see you on scuttlebutt
Published on: 17 Nov 17 in Richard Bartlett – YouTube by Richard Bartlett

Patterns for Decentralised Organizations
Patterns for Decentralised Organising
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Description:

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
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
Hello mates, I have a juicy update here: some musings on what it means to feel at home; a stack of my new writing & podcasts; and your invitation to …Read more
If you believe in the social impact potential of cooperatives, self-managing organisations & mutual aid networks, but, like me, you’ve been skeptical about web3 (cryptocurrencies, DAOs & blockchains) then I …Read more
I’ve been looking forward to writing this post for a while. Usually I just use this newsletter to share my favourite readings and podcasts, but today I want to preface …Read more
Greetings humans! I’m really jazzed today because I have some exciting updates from the microsolidarity network. In this issue I’ll give you a quick summary of the news, and also …Read more
I’m about to get on a ferry to Corsica for a week or two as a beach zombie. Before I head offline though I wanted to send out some hot …Read more
Hello human! How are you in this moment? I’m in a great mood today. I discovered this thing called a milkweed but I prefer to call it a “giant dando”.It …Read more
Hello dear reader. Please find enclosed: your invitation to join me in conversation Apr 20my favourite new podcasts about self-managing workplacesupdates from the Microsolidarity projectand some juicy links and tidbits …Read more
Hey folks, welcome to the third issue of my newsletter where I share “what I’m paying attention to”.I’ll start with an update on my situation in locked down Italy, followed …Read more
Looking back over my calendar, I’ve had some amazing conversations so far in January. Here’s a sample:Connecting with super clever, courageous, warm people in the XR Future Democracy Hub. My …Read more
First up, let me say thank you for joining my newsletter. I imagine I’ll post once or twice a month with a summary of what’s interesting to me right now. …Read more
Hello! I’m Richard D. Bartlett. Join this newsletter if you want to occasionally receive an update from me. I’ll share highlights from the articles, books, videos, podcasts that I’m paying …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
Photo of Piopiotahi (Milford Sound) by Peter HammerA lot of 1st-time visitors to Aotearoa New Zealand have an experience they can’t articulate e.g. they might say “I feel like I’ve come …Read more
doing the right thing at the right time is a million times less effort than doing the right thing at the wrong time …Read more
tomorrow your twitter account is replaced by an AI which posts infinite brilliant creative remixes of one key idea that you give it today what is your one (1) idea? …Read more
I came to @tdfinyourdreams and made my dreams come true (I was dreaming of making a couch) https://t.co/hvj2tEOWlx …Read more
COMMUNITY WARNING: within 45 seconds of meeting @nibrasibn she had picked me up off the ground. this could happen to YOU too …Read more
ego is a rocket, high motive force, prone to exploding, but controllable with sufficient feedback …Read more
help https://twitter.com/joriamramos/status/1556988788823531520 …Read more
somehow there’s always at least one tiny quiet part of you that knows exactly where you need to go …Read more
great “don’t panic” thread I get the feeling most moral panics are like this https://twitter.com/naomicfisher/status/1554827846568144898 …Read more
lack of courage caused by lack of encouragement …Read more
thread for Berlin meet-up plans for this weekend… I will love to see you!! …Read more
people like podcasts bc they miss church …Read more
do I know any beautiful nerds who could scrape 150+ youtube links from this thread and turn it into a playlist? https://twitter.com/RichDecibels/status/1553673739795054592 …Read more
hey please feed my youtube algorithm: I want music recommendations, any style, just one good performance you appreciate …Read more
RT @RichDecibels: the twitter mutuals as interactive TV characters to real friendships pipeline …Read more
I talked w/ Kai about organising a multi-day twitter meetup and he said you should do it, it’s extremely fun, it’s not so hard, and we’re building the future together so c’mon lets do it https://twitter.com/micro_solid/status/1553383592092385286 …Read more
have you thought about organising a jesscamp or a kaicamp (multi day meetup of twitter homies)? what doubts or questions do you have? …Read more
I was wondering yesterday when I wld meet a fox up close and this morning I did meet a fox but he is dead on the road 😭 …Read more
great thing abt being a confident & gregarious eccentric is you can create a lot of value simply by introducing your friends to each other …Read more
a thread for keeping track of songs that give me goosebumps …Read more
belonging is for becoming …Read more
jen rules, genius-level organiser https://twitter.com/GronerJonas/status/1552338750327365638 …Read more
if I were a temperature I would simply not be so many degrees …Read more
new context new self …Read more
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