Online Course: Patterns for Decentralised Organising
6-week Guided Program
next cohort starts October 14th
You will find practical guidance on how your team can share leadership, distribute decision-making, stay aligned on priorities, deal with conflict, and create a thriving culture that cares for everyone. You will immediately get a much clearer understanding of your team challenges, and benefit from team practices that have been tested and proven in other workplaces.
Access collective intelligence with efficient methods for inclusive decision-making
Rhythms & Priorities
Stay aligned on priorities and distribute tasks between team members
Conflict & Feedback
Develop interpersonal skills to be more confident to hold difficult conversations
Mutual Care & Growth
Create a psychologically safe culture where everyone feels cared for
Get the habit of consistent & intentional learning in individuals and teams
Understand how to navigate the complex status dynamics that emerge in all groups
How You Will Learn
You can follow it at your own pace from our course platforms, you'll get access to:
23 video lessons explaining how to respond to the most pressing challenges of decentralised organising.
30 Exercises & practices you can use to integrate the lessons in your organisation.
45 links to curated resources & case studies for you to dive deep into the topics.
1 year of unlimited access so you can review the lessons any time.
6 weeks together
You’ll be part of an intimate cohort of around 20 people, facilitated by Nati & Rich.
The cohort will meet for weekly two-hour video calls with The Hum team for facilitated group practices & discussions.
Option to join a small learning pod of 3-5 peers for support and accountability.
Access the members-only discussion forum to share with others and get feedback on your specific situation.
You can read this blog post for more info about our approach to designing transformative online learning experiences.
We will give you access to the course material & private discussion forum from October 1st. We meet for 6 consecutive Thursdays, starting October 14th. Each call is two hours long. You can choose which group to join, according to your timezone.
We offer a “sliding scale” of ticket prices from €490 to €790, to make this course accessible to a wide variety of participants.
When you buy a course you contribute to our scholarship fund.
If you want to apply for a discounted ticket or a full scholarship, fill in this form.
Together, we’ve established our own self-managing workplaces, and we’ve shared our knowledge with thousands of people in training workshops in 20+ countries around the world.
Nati - She helps groups to cultivate a nourishing collaborative culture through values-driven behavioural change and relationships of peer-to-peer support.
She is a co-owner of the Loomio Cooperative, member of Enspiral, and founder of the Newtown Tool Library.
Rich - is enthusiastic about co-ownership, self-governance and building relationships of partnership instead of domination to create collaborative workplaces. He is a cofounder of tech co-op Loomio, and a member & director of the Enspiral network of self-organising companies.
Our full course material includes video lessons + case studies + exercises to integrate the lessons + team practices & links to curated resources for your team to go deeper on each topic.
▶️ Decide how to decide
Digital Communication Tools
Introduction (click to expand)
▶️ Course Introduction (free preview)
Rhythm & Retrospectives
▶️Align priorities with rhythm
Roles & Accountability
▶️Distributing tasks & roles
Money & Power
▶️Collaborative money decisions
Self & Culture
▶️The self in self-management
Trust & Care
Conflict & Feedback
▶️ Dealing with team conflict
What course participants say
"I stopped feeling like my team was the only one that was struggling with power dynamics. The training gave us the courage to start talking about how these issues turn up in our team and what to do about them.“
Anja Adler, Open State
"As a co-op governance geek, who has been around the block a few times; who thought I'd seen it all... I was excited, challenged and inspired by the work of The Hum."
Mark Simmonds, Platform 6 Development Cooperative
Why take an online course from The Hum
The lessons we share come from our direct experience working in radically decentralised organisations since 2011.
We’ve supported thousands of people in training workshops in 20+ countries.
We developed the “patterns” to respond to the recurring challenges that emerge in all decentralised teams.
Our course materials distill many complex ideas into simple, digestible concepts and practices.
Adapted to You
Learn how to experiment and iteratively improve your ways of working.
We’ll show you how to foster a culture of continuous improvement so you can find the organisational structure that is right for you.
Who are these courses for?
Are there any prerequisites?
You do not need to complete any previous training to benefit from this course. All you need is a good understanding of the English language, and a reliable Internet connection
Do you give scholarships?
Yes, we provide scholarships for low income people working on social impact projects, who wouldn't otherwise have access. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, fill in this form.
What is the time commitment & format?
The course includes 6 modules (video lessons, exercises, journaling questions, recommended reading), that will each take about 60-90 minutes to work through on your own. Additionally there are team practices you can try & each module has about 5 links to extra resources: articles, videos and recommended books. So depending on your desire you could spend a few more hours per module going deeper.
Can I pay with crypto?
Yes! We take a range of cryptocurrencies. Just send us an email to arrange the transfer.
If you have any questions or want more information about our online course contact us at: or fill out our contact form.