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 network to the next level and find support from peers to address common challenges around money, value and resource flow.

Next cohort starting February 24, 2022

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Next cohort starting February 24, 2022

Express InterestApply NowEnroll Now

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

With freelance and remote working on the rise globally, as well as new types of movements and purpose networks popping up all over the globe, our network structures and mindsets are in need of maturing. These networks, communities and collectives are challenging the notion of traditional organizations, but to truly become a viable alternative organizing model, they need to develop better ways of dealing with questions of money, power and value flow.

From our experience working in such networks for almost a decade, we know that these are some of the most difficult topics for these organizations to address: maintaining motivation and energy among members, enabling highly-active and less-active members to share workload and power, the tension between volunteer and paid work, freeriding, burnout of core members, lack of and mismanagement of funds, and conflicts around money.

This course will help you take your network to the next level and support you to address these (sometimes uncomfortable) challenges in a cohort of peers.

Duration

8 Weeks

Cohort Size

Up to 30

Live Sessions

1-2 hours per week

Time Commitment

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

Fee

Regular 450-900 €+ VAT
Late Bird 550-1050 € + 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 exchange 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 exchange 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 exchange and money flow for the first time.

Your Hosts

Las facilitadoras

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, and has supported dozens of other networks with her hands-on experience in network governance and community building.

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.

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.

What You'll Learn

¿Qué vas a aprender?

There are many elements that make up a thriving network. To be able to go into depth and build on other courses that address some of those, this course focuses on one of them only, the area of money, resources and value exchange. Each week we will dive into a different topic, learn from the experience of our guests, ask them questions and apply what you are learning in your own community and network projects.

After this course, you will walk away with:

  • An in depth understanding of one of the key areas that makes up a thriving network, and how to concretely help a network develop these.
  • A toolkit of practices, tools, techniques, frameworks and templates that you can start using immediately
  • A nuanced perspective on how the topic of the course is different in each network
  • New relationships with people who can provide support and knowledge on this topic as you go forward

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 "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 here, since the difference between them is often blurry.


Questions? We are just an e-mail away.

¿Quieres saber más? Escríbenos.

Course Partner

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

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
  • Time investment of 2 to 4 hours per week
  • Weekly online Zoom meetings, on Tuesdays (alternating between 1 and 2 hour sessions)

Weekly Topics

Week 1 | Thriving in Commoning: Introductory session to connect with your cohort and dive into what it means for a network to be thriving.

Week 2 | Unpacking Money & Value: Surfacing and working with your personal stories and myths about money. Discover innovative models for accounting value. / Guest: Silvia López Sánchez from Disco.coopGuerilla Translations

Week 3 | Group Reflection Session

Week 4 | Crafting Roles & Contribution Pathways: Creating a system where network membership, different levels of engagement and types of contributions are in balance.

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

Week 6 | Group Reflection Session

Week 7 | Reclaiming Money: Discover Peter König's Money Work and how to bring this into the collective context. / Guest: Peter König, seminal thinker and researcher

Week 8 | Integration & Intention Setting: Walking away with tangible insights, practices and experiments to try in your network

Content Sessions (2 hours)

  • Explore the weekly theme
  • Interact with guest speakers
  • Learn from case studies

Bonus experience

Optional additional sessions for participants:

Play the the Money Game with us, date TBA

Reflection Sessions (1 hour + hazy ending)

  • Integrate and reflect on what you have learned so far
  • Share your assignments
  • Get feedback from your peers

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What's next?

Próxima edición

Join our next edition running from February 24 to April 14, every Thursday from 3-5 PM Paris / 9-11 AM New York.

Can't make this time but would still like to dive in? Reach out to us to learn more about asynchronous learning options.

Still deciding if this is the right course for you?

Course Fees

If you are paying for yourself

Regular: 450 € + VAT  | Late bird: 550 € + VAT  

If your organisation is paying for you

Regular: 900 € + VAT | Late bird: 1050 € + VAT

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%).

Get in touch to inquire about scholarships.

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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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