Patterns for Decentralised Organising
Online Course for Self-organising Teams
Activate your team’s shared purpose by learning to collaborate together better. Learn how to shift to a collaborative culture that embraces collective intelligence and autonomy. 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.
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
Learn with your team
Access the content at any time and follow it at your own pace. You get:
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.
In addition to these online resources, you can scale up or down the amount of hands-on support you need from us. You can choose to work through the learning materials entirely on your own, bring us in for hours of coaching & advice, or engage us for a more substantial program of consultation & improvement.
Do It Yourself
Access the content at any time and follow it at your own pace.
For example: your team could complete the course in 6 weeks with a weekly schedule of 1 hour of solo work for the course material plus 1 hour in a team conversation to apply the lessons to your context.
€190 per person
Learn With Our Support
Get personalised support from Nati & Rich.
As your team works through the course, we'll have a sequence of videocalls with you to answer your specific questions, facilitate group practices, and give advice on your challenges.
Indicative price for the DIY course plus 4 calls with us:
€290 per person
We start by surveying your team so we can design a custom learning journey.
Then we’ll spend 3 to 12 months supporting an “Improvement Team” who will ensure the lessons from the course are embedded into the day-to-day work of the organisation.
These options can be customised to suit your needs, get in touch to discuss options
Price indicated for teams of at least 4 people. For large teams, contact us for a group discount.
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
Nati & Rich have done an amazing job of simply articulating the complexity of decentralised organising. We've loved going through the videos each week as a team and thinking together about how it applies to our context. In tandem with coaching calls, which were full of nuggets of inspiration and wisdom from their years of experience, this course has done a great job of equipping me with the knowledge, processes and practices to bring decentralised organising into my work in a whole new way.
Daniel Ford, Senior Strategist, Forum for the Future
Why take an online course from The Hum
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
What is the time commitment & format?
The course starts when your team is ready, and you can complete it at the pace that works for you. Here’s a common schedule for a 6-week program:
Each week: 30-60 minutes solo work: watching videos, reading articles, and completing journaling questions
Weeks 1 & 3 & 5: 60 minute meeting with your team to discuss how the course content applies to your context
Weeks 2 & 4 & 6: 60 minute team meeting hosted by Nati & Rich from The Hum, for Q&A, specific advice, and facilitated group processes
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.