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.

Learning Outcomes

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Decision Making

Access collective intelligence with efficient methods for inclusive decision-making

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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

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Mutual Care & Growth

Create a psychologically safe culture where everyone feels cared for

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Continuous Improvement

Power Dynamics

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

Learning content

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.

Timing

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. 

Pricing

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.

 

Group A: 

Live calls @ 9am CET*

OR

Group B:
Live calls @ 5.30pm CET*

 

Your Guides

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.

Course Content

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.

Decision-making


▶️ Decide how to decide ▶️ Make your decision protocol 🛠 Exercise: Make your protocol ▶️ Get unstuck 🧭 Journaling Reflection 🔍 Practices, Case Studies & Resources




Digital Communication Tools


▶️ A shared map of your tools 📄 The trinity of digital comms 📄Introducing new tools 🛠 Exercise: Map your tools ▶️ Loomio - Asynchronous decisions 📄 Tips for remote teams 🔍 Practice, Case Study, Resources




Introduction (click to expand)


▶️ Course Introduction (free preview) 📄 Decentralised Team Self-assessment 🧭 Focus your learning ▶️ What is a Decentralised Organisation (free preview)




Rhythm & Retrospectives


▶️Align priorities with rhythm 🛠Exercise: Rhythm mapping ▶️Retros: stop, reflect, & learn 🧭Journaling 🔍Practice, Case Study, Resources




Roles & Accountability


▶️Distributing tasks & roles 🧭Journaling ▶️Holding each other Accountability 🛠Exercise: accountability mapping 🔍Practice, Case Study, Resources




Money & Power


▶️Collaborative money decisions ▶️Unpacking money stories 🛠Exercise: My money story ▶️Power dynamics at work 🧭Journaling 🔍Practice, Case Study, Resources




Self & Culture


▶️The self in self-management 🛠Exercise: mindful breathing ▶️Growth mindset 🧭Journaling ▶️Growing a team culture 🛠Exercise: working with difference 🔍Practice, Case study, Resources




Trust & Care


▶️Psychological safety 🧭Journaling ▶️Accounting for care ▶️Internal support systems 🔍Practice, Case Study & Resources




Conflict & Feedback


▶️ Dealing with team conflict 🧭Journaling ▶️ Personal approaches to conflict 🛠 Exercise: Trigger log ▶️ Giving & receiving feedback 🛠 Exercise: Understanding my story 🔍 Practice, Case Study & Resources





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

Lived Experience

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.

Distilled Expertise

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.

FAQ

Who are these courses for?


At The Hum we work with an extraordinary mix of people, from many walks of life: from political activism, to business people, government agencies, the community sector and social entrepreneurs. This course is ideally suited for people in a team that is already trying to work in a more decentralised way (you might call it collaborative, non-hierarchical, cooperative, flat, horizontal, self-managing, agile, teal, sociocratic, self-organising). It is also very useful if your team is just getting started on the self-managing journey. If you are a founder or leader seeking to create a decentralised team or organisation, you will learn what to look out for, and what structures and cultural practices to incorporate early on. If you are a coach, consultant, or trainer, this course will get you up to speed with the leading edge of the future of work. If you’re not sure of what's right for you, contact us: contact@thehum.org




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. We will work through one module per week for 6 weeks. You are also invited to join our six 90-minute live calls with the trainers, and optionally you can join three 1-hour calls with your Learning Pod (a peer support group of 3-5 people).




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: contact@thehum.org or fill out our contact form.