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 October 12th, 2022

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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

2-4 hours per week (incl. live sessions)

Fee

Regular 450€ or 900 €+VAT
Late Bird 550€ or 1050 € +VAT

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

Francesca Pick

Francesca Pick

Francesca is an ecosystem builder, facilitator and organization designer working in the field of distributed leadership and participatory work. During the last decade, she has been a leading member of the self-organized communities Ouishare and Enspiral, participated in DAO experiments and supported dozens of other organizations with her hands-on experience in network governance and community building.

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 co-authored research on these topics with the Institute for the Future. Her work is focused on how self-organised teams and communities can be places for personal growth. In the past five years, she has been a catalyst for several social innovation organisations, from social start-ups, to a women network, to social movements.

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.

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 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
  • 2 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.

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.

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

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

+ Bonus Experience: the Money Game+
An experience to deepen your reflections and learning about your personal relationship to money. Learn more about the Money Game.

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

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

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

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.

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 October 12 to November 30, Wednesdays 3-5 PM Paris / 9-11 AM New York

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

Below you can find our fixed pricing. To learn more about the story behind these numbers and our discount and scholarship options, read here.

Still deciding if this is the right course for you?

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%).

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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

Greaterthan Academy is facilitated online learning for people, teams and organizations ready to lead towards the future of work.

Greaterthan Academy is facilitated online learning for people, teams and organizations ready to lead towards the future of work.

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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