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Guides & Practices
Guides & Practices

Greaterthan Handbook

Greaterthan

Our living guide to how Greaterthan works as an organization.

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Books
Books

Moose Heads on the Table

Lisa Gill

What does leadership look like in a company with no bosses? How do you develop a culture that allows self-managing organisations to thrive? In this book, Lisa Gill and Karin Tenelius share stories and insights from nearly twenty years of coaching teams and organisations to become self-managing.

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Books
Books

Collective Presencing

Ria Baeck

What becomes possible when we are truly present together? with one another? within a team? steps to take and pitfalls to avoid.

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Guides & Practices
Guides & Practices

Rethinking Organizations: Human Services

Susan Basterfield

Rethinking Organisations enabled Support Providers in Western Australia to explore alternative organisational theory and practices that could potentially benefit the human services sector. This resource shares the outcomes and learnings from this project.

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Articles
Articles

Happy Money Story: How it happens in Greaterthan and what ripples it creates!

Ashish Arora

In this article, the author shares his insights on how the practice of Happy Money Story is transforming Greaterthan as an organization

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Audio & Video
Audio & Video

Engendered Podcast

Susan Basterfield

Susan Basterfield and Gina Stevens-Rembe talk about Enspiral and its feminist business ecosystem.

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Articles
Articles

Sharing Power by Sharing Money: Cobudget in Enspiral

Francesca Pick

The Enspiral Network has been practising collaborative funding since 2013. As the network’s needs and realities have changed over the years, this practice we call ‘cobudgeting’, has evolved alongside it.

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Guides & Practices
Guides & Practices

Enspiral Handbook

Enspiral Network

A handbook to Enspiral's structures and practices for community members and the world. As active community members, we contribute and support this handbook.

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Books
Books

Work with Source

Tom Nixon

Realise big ideas, organise for emergence and work artfully with money. A guide based on Peter Koenig's "Source Principles".

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Articles
Articles

Better Work Together: the story behind the book

by Anthony Cabraal

This is the story behind Better Work Together, Enspiral's first book, co-authored by a collection of 11 members. A book about their personal journeys with the network and how the power of community can transform your business.

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Articles
Articles

Where Do Why Be?

Elena Denaro, David Weingartner, Tomomi Sasaki, Manel Heredero

Creating the guide to Greaterthan’s practice

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Guides & Practices
Guides & Practices

Designing positive platforms: a guide for a governance-based approach

Alícia Trepat, Ana Manzanedo

This guide presents the key positive design principles to build caring and inclusive organizations. These principles are the result of the study of 15 organizations (which can be found at the end of this document) and the underlying principles and best practices they have in common.

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Guides & Practices
Guides & Practices

5 Steps to Collaborative funding

Francesca Pick, Kate Beecroft

A five step guide to running participatory proposal and budgeting processes in collaborative groups and organizations.

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Articles
Articles

Investing surplus for impact: Cobudgeting at Outlandish

by Kate Beecroft

How Outlandish, a web services consultancy based in London uses Cobudget to democratically distribute dividends to all cooperative members as a way to invest in new projects they care about.

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Articles
Articles

Financial decision making in self-organized networks: 4 common challenges

Francesca Pick

Networks based on self-organizing principles have come a long way in recent years to becoming true alternatives to working in more traditional organizations —from locally based or online communities, coops, freelancer collectives, “Neo-Guilds” or DAOs. Yet when it comes to addressing questions of money, value and power, we still seem to be lagging behind.

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Guides & Practices
Guides & Practices

The TAO of the DAO

Francesca Pick, Kate Beecroft

A handbook on the human side of budgeting and financial decision-making for Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs).

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Articles
Articles

The Network Dynamics that Shaped TED

Manel Heredero

Little study of the growth of TED with a network lens

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Articles
Articles

Collaborative funding as a tool for agency & shared responsiblity

by Francesca Pick

Here is how the League of Intrapreneurs engaged their global community of ambassadors by letting them to allocate 30 000 € through collaborative funding. An interview with global catalysts Maggie de Pree & Florencia Estrade.

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Articles
Articles

Recruitment in a Distributed Organisation

by Manel Heredero

This is the story of in99, a small legaltech startup, that put in place a process to recruit high-quality professionals without a HR department and without one-on-one interviews. Doing this is part of their journey towards what they call a “Distributed Future”, which includes, amongst other things, becoming a Remote First company.

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Articles
Articles

Are You Winning Or Losing?

Sally McCutchion

Some thoughts on the binary nature of how society has evolved and the harm it's causing, even to the winners.

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Tools & Templates
Tools & Templates

Cobudget

Cobudget is a tool that makes it easy for groups to allocate funds collaboratively and transparently.

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Books
Books

Lead Together

Susan Basterfield, Travis Marsh, Brent Lowe

Lead Together illuminates practices from the leaders of more than sixty scaling businesses at the vanguard of this movement about the on-the-ground challenges and rewards of adopting a new paradigm for work.

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Articles
Articles

How to use cobudgeting for member engagement

by Francesca Pick

How the Institute for Evolutionary Leadership, a self-managed community of practitioners has been using cobudgeting for over many years to engage and empower their members.

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Articles
Articles

My trauma-informed collaboration journey

Ashish Arora

Sharing my experience as a participant of Greaterthan Academy's course- Trauma-information Collaboration!

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Articles
Articles

How to Remote — common challenges with remote work

by Joriam Philipe

The invisible challenge of remote work is that many things happen automatically when you’re face to face — and it might take you a while to realize what’s missing in online interaction.

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Tools & Templates
Tools & Templates

Loomio

Loomio is a tool for collaborative decision-making. As a fellow Enspiral Venture, Loomio is a foundational element in our toolbox.

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Articles
Articles

Reinventing Business Education

by Susan Basterfield

We have a choice about how we want to work. Will we settle for the old paradigm of the corporation, or have we mustered the courage to create new systems that better reflect our needs and potential?

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Articles
Articles

Money is a story: let’s tell a new one

by Kate Beecroft

The dominant story of money is one where competition for scarce resources is at the heart of social and economic life. Yet our relationship to money remains a deeply personal thing — complicated, heartbreaking, uplifting, stressful.

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Don’t Let Consensus-Think Slow Your Business Down

Sally McCutchion

One of the biggest barriers to overcoming consensus-think is the allure that it holds. Those early days when everyone was aligned and clear on where you are going are magical. Relationships deepen and there is a strong feeling of security when you can reach a shared decision quickly.

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Audio & Video
Audio & Video

Leadermorphosis Podcast

Lisa Gill

Leadermorphosis is a podcast exploring the emerging world of self-management and progressive organisations. Hosted by Lisa Gill, each episode features a guest thought leader or practitioner offering a unique perspective on new and innovative ways of working.

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Articles
Articles

Scanning the European Ecosystem of Distributed Ledger Technologies for Social and Public Good

Kate Beecroft

This Science for Policy report explores the current status of the field of Distributed Ledger Technologies both theoretically and empirically, in the framework of the project #DLT4Good: Co-creating a European Ecosystem of DLTs for Social and Public Good.

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Audio & Video
Audio & Video

Masks Off: Leadership Strategies

Francesca Pick

Francesca Pick talks about how to replace traditional business structures with more networked ones

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Articles
Articles

Embodiment- why does it matter for organizations?

Ashish Arora

This article is the author's attempt to highlight how embodiment is important for organizations, particularly when it comes to creating safe spaces or inspiring people to collaborate.

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Tools & Templates
Tools & Templates

Wise Agenda

Elena Denaro

A useful team meeting template that helps you create a dynamic and collectively held agenda. Adapted from Percolab.

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Articles
Articles

Signs that you are blocking self management in your organisation

Ashish Arora

The article explores how the founders of the organisations sometimes end up becoming a block for their transition towards self-management. It also provides insights on how to work around such blindspots. The article is based on the author's work with clients in India.

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Articles
Articles

Run a kick-ass collaborative funding round in 5 steps

by Francesca Pick

Organizations need to be able to make decisions about how to allocate resources. Especially for self-managing, participatory, or ‘teal’ organizations, there is a lack of collaborative decision-making models and tools around money.

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Audio & Video
Audio & Video

Management 3.0 Happiness at work

Kate Beecroft

What is so important about community in business? Kate Beecroft talks community, money, transparency and bibliotherapists.

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Articles
Articles

Agile Team in BlackwoodSeven

Francesca Pick

Read about how the marketing agency BlackwoodSeven experimented with Cobudget.

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Tools & Templates
Tools & Templates

Maptio

Tom Nixon

The simplest way to visualise self-managing organizations: Circles, People, Roles

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Articles
Articles

Retreats Matter

Manel Heredero

How teams gather is becoming ever more important due to the growth of remote work and the increasing number of project-based teams.

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Articles
Articles

The Dissensus Protocol: governing differences in peer-to-peer online communities

Jaya Brekke, Kate Beecroft, Francesca Pick

Peer-to-peer networks and protocols have inspired new ideas and ideologies about governance, with the aim of using technology to enable horizontal and decentralised decision making at scale. This paper introduces the concept of ‘dissensus’ from political theory to debates about peer governance in online communities

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Articles
Articles

Happy Money Story: Decoupling remuneration from calculation

Francesca Pick

This is a case study that looks at the evolution and insights from one of Greaterthan's internal, the ‘Happy Money Story’, a collaborative process for distributing budgets.

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Audio & Video
Audio & Video

Team Human Interview with Douglas Rushkoff

Susan Basterfield, Anthony Cabraal

Anthony Cabraal and Susan Basterfield discuss the power of working together, building on ideas “good enough to try,” and creating a space where it’s “safe to fail.”

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Articles
Articles

Cut the bullshit: organizations with no hierarchy don’t exist

by Francesca Pick

Do completely horizontal organizations truly exist? Fueled by excitement about self-management, bossless leadership and models such as Holacracy, we increasingly hear unrealistic claims about the potential of “flat organizations”.

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Guides & Practices
Guides & Practices

Getting out of the building: 5 reasons to take your team outdoors

Anna Kopacz & David Weingartner

Getting out of the building: 5 reasons to take your team outdoors

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Audio & Video
Audio & Video

Make Things That Matter with Andrew Skotzko

Susan Basterfield

Susan Basterfield shares her experience with decentralized team structures and participatory decision-making.

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Articles
Articles

Building Thriving Networks

Alicia Trepat Pont

“There’s a lot of love in our network, but not enough care”, “We don’t have enough money to cover our admin costs this year”. If you’ve ever been in a supporting role related to finances or value flows in a community or network, you can surely relate to some of these situations.

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Articles
Articles

We Need To Talk About Compensation

Sally McCutchion

There is an historical precedent that says talking about money is uncouth, impolite or improper. Our view is this precedent is outdated. Join Sally McCutchion in this article, with her key principles around compensation, salary transparency and impact levelling.

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Books
Books

Better Work Together

Enspiral

A collection of stories and tools from the front lines of the future of working together. A collectively produced book by members of the Enspiral community, and actively supported by Greaterthan.

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Guides & Practices
Guides & Practices

Ouishare Handbook

Ouishare Community

A guide to how the Ouishare community works and governs itself. We contribute to this handbook as active community members.

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