Online Course:
Patterns for
Decentralised Organising

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?”

Your Guides

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.

Course curriculum

Course Introduction


▶️ Who we are and how we work [Free Video] ▶️ About this course ▶️ What is a decentralised organisation? [Free Video] 🛠 Assessment: how decentralised is your team? [Free Assessment]




Module 1 - Decision Making


▶️ Decide how to decide ▶️ Four decision methods for a decentralised team ▶️ Make your own decision protocol 🛠 Exercise: Make your own decision protocol ▶️ Getting unstuck 🔍 Practices, Case Studies & Resources




Module 2 - A Culture of Growth


▶️ The self in self-management 🛠 Exercise: mindful breathing ▶️ Personal growth mindset 🧭 Journaling ▶️ Develop a team growth culture 🛠 Exercise: collaborating across difference 🔍 Practices, Case Studies & Resources




Module 3.0 - Digital Communication Tools


▶️ A shared map of your communications tools 📄 The trinity of digital comms tools ▶️ Introducing new tools with care 🛠 Exercise: Map your comms tools ▶️ Asynchronous decision-making on Loomio 🔍 Practices, Case Studies & Resources




Module 3.1 - Rhythm & Retrospectives


▶️ Align your priorities with work rhythms ▶️ Retrospectives: stop, reflect, and learn 🛠 Exercise: Rhythm mapping 🧭 Journaling 🔍 Practices, Case Studies & Resources




Module 4.0 - Trust & Care


▶️ Psychological safety ▶️ Practices for a new culture 🧭 Journaling ▶️ Accounting for care ▶️ Internal support systems ▶️ Get unstuck with an external peer 🔍 Practices, Case Studies & Resources




Module 4.1 - Ownership & Roles


▶️ Roles: Who is working on what 🧭 Journaling ▶️ Holding each other accountable 🛠 Exercise: accountability mapping ▶️ Ownership is not a feeling 🔍 Practices, Case Studies & Resources




Module 5 - Conflict & Feedback


▶️ Dealing with conflict in your team 🧭 Journaling ▶️ Personal approaches to conflict 🛠 Exercise: Trigger log ▶️ Giving & receiving feedback 🛠 Exercise: Get clear before giving feedback 🔍 Practices, Case Studies & Resources




Module 6 - Money & Power Dynamics


▶️ Including people in money decisions ▶️ Unpacking money stories 🛠 Exercise: Understanding your money stories ▶️ Power dynamics at work 🧭 Journaling 🔍 Practices, Case Studies & Resources




Module 7 - Course Conclusion


▶️ Where to from here? 🧭 Journaling 🛠Action plan





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.

Self-study

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

Price €180

tax included

Guided program

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.

Price €720

tax included

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
 

FAQ

What is the time commitment & format?


Self-study The course includes 7 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 recommend doing one module per week, and trying the practices with your team. Guided Program We will do one module a week for 7 weeks. This requires the same minimum time commitment as the Self-study to follow the content. Optionally, you are also invited to join our four 1-hour live calls with the trainers, and three 1-hour calls with your Learning Pod (a small group for peer support with other learners). Cohort 1 starts on May 4th. Live Calls with the trainers are scheduled for 5pm CEST every second Thursday (May 7, May 21, June 4, and June 18). Calls are recorded so it is okay if you can't make it to the live session.




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