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?”
Together, we’ve established our own self-governing workplaces, and we’ve shared our knowledge with thousands of people in training workshops in 20+ countries around the world.
The lessons we share come from our direct lived experience working in teams that have been pioneering new ways of organising since 2011.
Nati - She helps groups to cultivate a nourishing collaborative culture through values-driven behavioral 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 passionate about co-ownership, self-management, collaborative governance, and other ways of sneaking anarchism into respectable places. He is a cofounder of tech co-op Loomio, and a member & director of the Enspiral network of self-organising companies.
In this online course we’ll show you how to create self-governing teams that are highly effective, non-hierarchical and nourishing to work in.
This is a practical in-depth guide to new ways of working, from people who have been immersed in decentralised organisations for a decade.
What you'll get
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 you will benefit from team practices that have been tested and proven in other workplaces.
When you join a cohort you will be connected with a network of peers who are learning together and supporting each other. And you can connect with The Hum team to get our personal feedback on your situation.
Most importantly, you will leave the course with an implementation plan to try some immediate changes in your team, and to get into a habit of continuous improvement in your organisation.
Module 1 - Decision Making
Module 2 - A Culture of Growth
Module 3.0 - Digital Communication Tools
Module 3.1 - Rhythm & Retrospectives
Module 4.0 - Trust & Care
Module 4.1 - Ownership & Roles
Module 5 - Conflict & Feedback
Module 6 - Money & Power Dynamics
Module 7 - Course Conclusion
Choose your learning path
If you want to learn with your team in a Self-study or Guided way, contact us for team discounts and options.
Access the content at any time and follow it at your own pace. You get:
A Decentralised Team Assessment
30 video lessons explaining how to respond to the most pressing challenges of decentralised organising
9 Exercises to integrate the lessons into your own experience
18 Practices you can use in your organisation
15 Case studies from other teams
45 links to curated resources for you to dive deep into all the topics
1 year of unlimited access to all videos, exercises and resources so you can review the lessons any time
Connect with trainers from The Hum and with other learners in a 7-week program. Together we’ll work through one module per week.
You get everything in the Self Study course, plus:
Weekly videocalls with The Hum team for Q&A and group discussions
Option to join a small learning group of peers for support and accountability
Access the members-only discussion forum to share with others and get feedback on your specific situation
We have not finalised the dates for the next Guided Program. Subscribe for updates if you want to be notified when we open the next cohort.
When you buy a course you are contributing to our scholarship fund.
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 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
"Nati & Rich talk about decentralised patterns with such passion and deep insight - not only is it a pleasure and inspiration to listen to them but also very useful and applicable advice."
Ulrich Schur, Enspiral
"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
"The most dramatic impact has been on my personal life: by "hacking"
daily stand-up and retrospective into a "daily emotional review" [me and my partner] have really got to another level of connection in our relationship".
Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen, Pixelache
What is the time commitment & format?
Who is this course 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, networked...).
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 if this is right for you, contact us.
Why do this online instead of a face-to-face workshop?
We can provide a lot more content than we cover in person, and you can choose the parts you want to explore in depth.
You can participate from home, whenever it suits you.
The extended learning period gives you an opportunity to reflect and integrate the lessons into your working life. This is not just a moment of inspiration, it is an opportunity to really change how your organisation works.
Connect with peers from different parts of the world who share your challenges
You can come back to the content any time over the next year, so it is always here when you want to review it.
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.
If you have any questions or want more information about this online course contact us at: or fill out our contact form.