Thriving Networks

How to grow networks where value, money and resources are in flow

Thriving Networks is an 8-week immersive online course that will help you take your collective, community, or distributed organization to the next level and find support from peers to address common challenges around money, value and resource flow.

Next cohort starting March 2nd 2023!

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Next cohort starting March 2nd 2023!

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Starting networks can be easy, but sustaining them is not.

In the last two years, our world as changed at a dramatic pace. Fueled by urgency, passion and technological breakthroughs, we are seeing new ways of organizing pop up all over the globe, challenging the notion of traditional organizations: from freelance collectives, to impact networks, to distributed communities and DAOs. But to truly fulfil their potential, these network structures and group cultures need to face difficult questions around money, power and value flow. And they don't have to do it alone.

From our experience working in such networks for a decade, we have seen certain challenges surface in networks repeatedly: power and workload imbalances, tensions between volunteer and paid work, burnout of core members, not knowing how to develop healthy and effective leadership, feeling stuck around money and how to talk about it openly.

This course will help you take your network to the next level, by creating a space for you, with a cohort of peers, to safely explore these uncomfortable topics and equip you to navigate these challenges.

Duration

8 Weeks

Cohort Size

Up to 30

Live Sessions

2 hours per week

Time Commitment

4-6 hours per week (incl. live sessions)

Fee

Contribution within capacity

This course is for you if...

Este curso es para ti si...

You are starting or part of a nascent network that is facing questions of value and money flow for the first time.

You are a network leader or highly active member of a mature network and want to take it to the next level.

You are a curious explorer who wants to learn about this topic in a concrete, applied way.

You are starting or part of a nascent network that is facing questions of value and money flow for the first time.

You are a network leader or highly active member of a mature network and want to take it to the next level.

You are starting or part of a nascent network that is facing questions of value and money flow for the first time.

Your Hosts

Las facilitadoras

Alicia Trepat

Alicia Trepat

Alícia is a designer and facilitator of distributed leadership, community building and decentralised governance. In addition to practicing these in her own communities, she is currently studying a Phd on self-organising and affect. Her work is focused on how self-organised communities can be places for personal transformation / awakening through the interaction with others. She has been a catalyst within Ouishare and several other social networks.

J.D. Nasaw

J.D. Nasaw

J.D. is a facilitator, coach, consultant, and community builder working at the intersection of somatics, self-management, social justice, and regeneration. He is a Greaterthan Associate, a somatic coach trained at Strozzi Institute, the principal of Open/Up Hospitality, and a founding member of Building Belonging.

Lena Bumke

Lena Bumke

Lena is a community builder, facilitator, artist and bodyworker. She is dedicated to creating a future worth living for through enabling meaningful collaboration, supporting the shift towards participatory and self-managed work places and fostering embodiment. She holds transformational spaces in a multiplicity of contexts and co-founded community-centred events and experiences. The sacredness of bodies and nature and the unique essence of each human being sit at the core of her work.

What You'll Learn

¿Qué vas a aprender?

Each week we dive into a different topic starting from the hosts lived experience in networks. You will apply what you are learning in your own network projects. To learn more about the context and why of this course, check out this article.

After this course, you will walk away with:

  • An in depth understanding of the challenges networks face in terms of how they think about and attribute value, make decisions about money and develop leadership; as well as how these can be addressed
  • Having explored your personal relationship to money and how it manifests in the group context through a variety of practices
  • A toolkit of practices, tools, techniques, frameworks and templates that you can start using immediately
  • New relationships in a high trust group of network leaders who you get support from and keep learning with beyond the course

What to expect:

A great curation of resources on networks, communities and collectives on the topics of value, money and leadership. This is a course about the intersection of systems and personal development. In our experience with networks and collectives, relationships are at the center. We will engage in experiences that will lead you to personal reflection and, if done in a group, these experiences will help you deepen your relationships. We think this is key to sustaining thriving networks.

Networks are complex systems. Please do not expect a linear roadmap or a magic formula. Instead, this will be like a writing course. There are many different approaches to writing. We will share tools, our experiences and reflections. But you have to get to practice and write, write, write. You don’t get better at writing by theorizing about it (end of analogy 🙂). If you want to make the most out of this course it’s necessary for you to experiment with your networks by trying the practices we introduce.


What do we mean by networks and communities?

This course is for what we call "Purpose Networks" and "Impact Communities". This ranges from professional to livelihood-focused networks, online to locally rooted communities, communities of practice or interest, to DAOs (decentralized autonomous organizations), "neo-guilds" and movements. What they all share is that they have a larger purpose and intention to catalyze action, beyond connecting people and organizations.

We use the terms network and community interchangeably, since the difference between them is often blurry.

Questions? We are just an e-mail away.

¿Quieres saber más? Escríbenos.

Course Partners

Zebras Unite is a founder-led, cooperatively owned global movement creating the culture, capital & community for the next economy.

ConsciousU: creating conscious tribes. ConsciousU delivers scalable personal development programmes that facilitate collective transformation in organisations.

Schedule & Format

Estructura del curso

The commitment

  • 8 weeks of learning in a cohort of peers
  • Assignments in between weeks, some which you may do with your network
  • 2 hours of online Zoom sessions weekly + the money game on March 14th 5-7pm CET + extra session on 17.04 6:30-8pm CET with Miki Kashtan & Tom Nixon
  • 2-4 hours of asynchronous solo work (reading and assignments)

Weekly Sessions

The course contains 8 x 2 hour participatory live sessions, featuring a combination of content, reflection and practice.

March 2nd Week 1 | What is a thriving network? Introductory session to connect with your cohort and dive into what it means for a network to be thriving.

March 9th Week 2 | Crafting Roles & Contribution Pathways
Creating a system where network membership, different levels of engagement and types of contributions are in balance.

March 14th 5-7pm CET The Money Game
An experience to deepen your reflections and learning about your personal relationship to money. Learn more about the Money Game.

March 16th Week 3 | Reclaiming Money
Surface and explore your personal stories and myths about money.

March 23rd Week 4 | Collective Money Practices
Discover how to work with personal money patterns in the collective context. Learn about innovative models for accounting value.

March 30th Week 5 | Making Decisions Around Money
Explore the challenges of collective budgeting and financial decision-making, as well tools and practices to address them.

April 6th Week 6 | Unlocking your network challenges
Reflect, digest and apply what you have learned so far to your network

April 13th Week 7 | Redefining Leadership and recognizing 'Source'
Discover Peter Koenig's Money and Source work, and how to apply it in networks to unlock collective leadership capacity.

April 17th 6:30-8:00 pm | extra session live with Miki Kashtan and Tom Nixon on the topic of collective leadership

April 20th Week 8 | Integration & Closing
Walk away with tangible insights, practices and experiments to try in your network

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What's next?

Próxima edición

Our next cohort runs from March 2nd to April 20th 2023, Thursdays 3-5 PM Paris / 9-11 AM New York

Can't make this time? Learn about asynchronous learning options.

Contribution within capacity model

For this course we are taking a needs based approach (inspired by Miki Kashtan & NGL) that aims at  creating both increased accessibility for participants and sustainability for us as facilitators.

This means that we offer some guidance below for people to choose how much to contribute, but it is not a  request.  As Miki Kashtan says “we ask that you give the most that you can do without overstretching or resentment”.

You can find out more about the underlying infos of this model here (costs of producing the course, our needs, etc).

It's great to take this course with fellow network members! We offer discounts when you join with one (20%) or two or more colleagues (25%) or, of course, you're welcome to self-assess what your contribution within capacity would be :)

The registration model is based on Miki Kashtan and her course Responding to the Call of our Times.

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Students share their experience

Testimonios

A deeply empowering and transformative experience—a true treasure box for every network nerd. I'm still impressed by the co-creative and safe space created by the hosts.

Jannik Kaiser
Unity Effect

Thanks to this course, I now have the foundation to help take my networks to the next phase and am excited to start working with the tools this course provided!

Viviana Jiménez
Red Mujeres y Sostenibilidad

Highly recommend for anyone starting and scaling a network that wants to clarify how to collaborate, exchange value and honour the principles of cooperation. A practical space to learn with peers, access real case studies, and put the learnings into action during the course timeline.

André Pawan Vashist
Coliberate

A brilliant way to meet other people, share experiences with organisational structure and decision making models, and think through collective solutions to common problems

Jamila Squire, Finance and Funding Coordinator
The World Transformed

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Our courses are practice-based, intimate and participatory. It's your entry point into the emergent knowledge and practices that Greaterthan has developed and tested over the past decade.

Our courses are practice-based, intimate and participatory. It's your entry point into the emergent knowledge and practices that Greaterthan has developed and tested over the past decade.

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