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.

Learning Outcomes

Decision Making

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

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

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

Improvement Program

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. 

Learn more

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.

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

"This was the perfect way to equip our team with tools to overcome challenges of organizing in a decentralised and value-driven way.

Rich and Nati guided the journey with commitment and positivity at every step and supported us with their vast experience and knowledge. The atmosphere of safety and trust they created was inspiring and set the tone for our follow-up plans."

Irem Tumer, United Nations Population Fund

Want to get a head start in understanding the main challenges that your team is facing?

Check out our free team self-assessment to focus your learning journey today.​

Why take an online course from The Hum

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




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
Many teams complete the course over 6 weeks, though if you are very busy you can move more slowly. There is a lot of material in the program so there are plenty of opportunities for useful conversations and practices in your team. You can choose how much of our time to include in the program. So contact us to discuss your options and work out what is right for your team.





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.

Talk to us to get started

  • Start with just 4 team members

  • 6 weeks average completion time

  • Combination of self-paced + professional guidance & support

  • Crafted to meet your organisational needs​

​Please feel free to reach out, we’re here to help. The most amazing transformation can start with nothing more than a simple conversation.