Welcome to your Learning Platform for Self-Organisation
The Era of Self-Management, Self-Organisation & Self Organising Systems is Here
There's lots of hype and misunderstanding as people get excited by new ways of working, experiment and make mistakes. This site provides resources to help you understand how to navigate and work in this complex territory; the online resources are offered as part of the gift economy so feel free to watch, learn and choose if you want to pay to exchange the value you receive. .
Every team/group/organisation has an invisible matrix of interpersonal relationships - the health, depth, resilience and quality of the relationships, which make up this matrix, is massively important.
This 4-day course will give you a set of practices to generate a ground of health in the relational matrix and develop individuals’ and teams’ ability to collaborate, work with differences, innovate and unleash their collective intelligence. Matrix Leadership builds relationships based on: a foundation of trust, open communication, transparency, and accountability.
The practices you will learn/deepen are: the ability to give and receive feedback, engage with differences as resources and the means to distribute authority and leadership. These capacities liberate motivation, engagement, commitment, collaboration, innovation and collective intelligence which otherwise remain untapped. The intention is to support the health, effectiveness, responsiveness and evolution so needed in organisations today.
Having run for decades in the US, this is the first time this workshop is being run in Europe: London 17-20th October 2019. Book your place now before they sell out!
Introduction to Self-Organisation- 3 min video
An animated introduction to self-organisation beyond hierarchy.
Defining terms: self-management , self-managed teams, self-organisation & self-organising systems, how to do it and what it looks like.
An interactive, narrated presentation explaining key terms, options of how to adopt these ways of working in organisations, what it looks like and how to find out more.
2 animated videos (15 mins), a 45 min interactive introductory tour to self-management and an 'Introduction to Conscious Collaboration workbook & diagnostic'.
The management hierarchy has taught us to take for granted how many things work in organisations: such as how decisions are made, how conflict is addressed, how meetings are run... When self-organising beyond hierarchy people need to collaborate to figure these things out ourselves.
This is collection of materials is designed to surface assumptions and unconscious habits, so that they can be spoken about and consciously worked with; thus creating the conditions for collaboration.
This series of 7 short films look beyond hierarchy at collaborative and agile approaches to creating culture, discovering direction, getting things done together, working with power, finding fit with your environment and learning and lasting.
These resources have been drawn from decades of experience and thousands of hours of work, blood, sweat, tears and heartbreak, and are freely offered as part of the gift economy. If you have appreciated value you've received from the resources on this site, please make a payment to reciprocate. Thank you!
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The Evolution of Organisations
Narrated tour of the Conscious Collaboration Toolkit
Facilitator Package to Lead an 'Introduction to Self-Organisation Workshop'
Conscious Collaboration Trainer Guide
Review of curated material on self-organisation
About your Host
I am an entrepreneur in the business of shifting paradigms
Working with others, I catalyse the transition to ways of living, working, thinking and learning which enable us and our organisations to adapt to the volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous conditions of the 21st century and support a regenerative, self-organising human presence on the earth. This site features some of my collaborations.
What I do
To equip people to work together in more collaborative and agile ways so we can navigate the challenges of the 21st century.
To catalyse and support shifts in organisational culture and structures so they are more able to adapt to the complex and fast changing world.
The first Certified Holacracy Coach in the UK and the only European Partner of HolacracyOne.
About how we and our organisations learn, change and evolve. With a focus specifically on supporting young people learning in education.
The highly acclaimed book ‘Reinventing Organisations‘ has sparked wide interest in self-organisation beyond hierarchy and there are many ways to do this. As a co-founder of Conscious Collaboration, I work with my partner Justine Corrie to offer a way of understanding the variety of methodologies, tools and skills to enable you to choose ones which fit your culture and organisation.
When things are volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous, people and organisations need to be agile and responsive to adapt. Holacracy is one off-the shelf methodology to help achieve this. As the only UK Partner of HolacracyOne I work to evolve the Holacracy and support the development of Holacracy in the UK.
As a co-founder of Learning Edge I deliver dynamic, fun and motivational workshops which equip students to be resourceful, independent, life-long learners and which support their well-being. Workshops are supported by quality resources and use a range of engagement techniques to meet a diversity of learning needs. Our workshops include Study Smarter, Exam Toolkit, Goal Setting and .b Mindfulness for Teens.
With a wide range of experience over 30 years: in private, public and non-profit sectors; employed, freelance, entrepreneur, volunteer; with organisations including Shell, Learning and Skills Improvement Service and the Princes Trust; in the UK, Europe, North and South America. This experience combined with his fascination for and study of how people learn and work together provides Nick with an unusually wide and deep perspective on organisations, management and leadership.
A self-acknowledged control-freak, Nick appreciates how disruptive this can be in working with others. Recognising how the desire for control also limits hierarchies in our complex and rapidly changing world led him to seek alternatives to hierarchy. Nick has integrated his learning about more collaborative, agile and evolutionary approaches to create the entertaining Self-Organisation Beyond Hierarchy series of short animated films.
This journey led Nick in 2012 to Holacracy ; the revolutionary management system that abolishes hierarchy, and to his completion of all available training. He was the first Certified Holacracy Coach delivering public Holacracy Workshops and implementations in organisations in the UK and now delivers his Holacracy work through HolacracyOne.
Nick’s journey pushing the boundaries of management began when a summary of his Management MSc thesis ‘An Inquiry into Corporate Social Responsibility and New Paradigm Thinking’ was published in the book Management Models for Corporate Social Responsibility. He also created the successful Learning Edge workshops, co-created the Conscious Collaboration workshops, and was in the first wave of Transition Trainers.
Nick seeks to catalyse the transition to a way of thinking and living which addresses, rather than contributes to, today’s challenges. His work upgrades the way we learn, collaborate and run our organisations to enable better fit for the volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous conditions of the 21st century. He sees this as essential for a sustainable human presence on Earth and for evolving templates for healthy human cultures in outer space. He lives in Somerset with his son and loves meditating reading and surfing waves in the ocean as well as those of social innovation.