#10 Susan Basterfield: decentralized team structures and participatory decision-making
Susan Basterfield is a member and foundation director of Enspiral, a network of people and organizations at the forefront of the global self-organizing movement.
My sincere hope is that this conversation plants a seed in your mind which grows over time, and introduces you to some new ideas of what's possible for healthy power dynamics and practices within an organization, within a community, and that it's possible to create real community and real results at the same time. Some topics we cover:
how an organization can work without bosses through the practices of self management
what consensus actually means — hint, it's not what you probably think it is!
and, how with a transparent and participatory governance system, how you can take everyone's opinion into account and actually still make decisions and get things done
the evolution of the Enspiral network and the principles that underlie all the practices involved
how to approach product development in an organic, bottom-up
some of the common criticisms to self-management and decentralized system of governance
why the breakthrough of self-management and participatory governance are ideas whose time has come
Links & resources mentioned
Loomio - tool for collective decision making
CoBudget - tool for participatory budgeting
Susan's interview on Team Human podcast with Douglas Rushkoff
Yash Papers (Chuk brand) in India - styrofoam & compostable tableware
Cut the bullshit: organizations with no hierarchy don’t exist - Francesca Pick