• Richard Bartlett

Transformative Learning is all about Practice & Connection

photo of Nati working with post-it notes on the floor

Nati and I are putting the finishing touches on the course design for our guided learning program: Patterns for Decentralised Organising. I’m feeling totally jazzed because I reckon this will be our best training yet. In this post I wanna share some of the details about our pedagogy and curriculum in case you’re curious about how and what we teach.


In an earlier post I explained the pedagogical approach we were using for our face-to-face workshops in 2017, based on the neuroscience of learning explained in Sharon Bowman’s excellent book Training From the Back of the Room.

Essentially our job is to help you to:

  • connect with your existing knowledge on the topic

  • engage with new concepts in small memorable chunks

  • connect with other learners

  • and practice new skills and behaviours

Over the past 18 months we’ve been evolving this approach to make the best use of the unique attributes of online learning.

So here’s the plan for our upcoming program:

  • The course content is broken down into 8 modules. Each module includes video, readings, case studies, and exercises: this is homework you do on your own. You could speed through a module in 30 minutes, or spend a few hours going deep into all the resources and practices.

  • You join a 20-30 person cohort supported by 2 facilitators (me and Nati). This intimate size means people can really open up and get to know each other. One of the most rewarding parts of our work is watching meaningful relationships and new collaborations form between course participants.

  • The cohort meets for 90 minutes per week for 6 weeks. We use these calls primarily for embodied practices, an opportunity to experience participatory group processes first-hand. This is about integrating the concepts and turning them into concrete skills & behaviours.

  • Optionally, you can also join a learning pod of 3-5 people, who meet for another hour each week. This is an extra opportunity to experience more group practices and get deeper feedback on your specific challenges.

  • Deeper detailed questions & answers happen in a written forum, so we have all the time in the world to answer every conceivable question. This is also a space where participants can coordinate and connect with each other outside of the live calls.