Human Organising Co

    Remake the way you work

    Welcome to our Blog Page. The blogs here can also be viewed on our Medium Blog Publication, which includes blogs from guest writers and other contributors too.

    Embracing Complexity in Organisations

    Never has there been so much complexity in our world. Running institutions is proving increasingly difficult due to the complexity they are operating under. Complexity appears to have a life of its own

    December 17, 2019

    Integrating Next Stage Organisation approaches?

    Exploring the relationship between sociocracy and various other methods currently being discussed in the context of the future of organisations and of work.

    December 17, 2019

    Is Hierarchy Toxic?

    This blog explores the issue about hierarchy, particularly in the context of self-managed organisations. It concludes with the notion that it is not hierarchy itself which is problematic but it’s misuse in power dynamics.

    December 13, 2019

    Balancing the individual with the collective

    Christmas is over. We’ve survived the festive feast and arrived at the New Year full of hope and some little expectation. Hopefully some of that’s true, but as we re-enter the world of work perhaps there’s an opportunity to contrast our experience …

    January 5, 2019

    the "why" of human organising

    The Human Organising Co has come into being at a time when large-scale human political, economic and social systems are in crisis, struggling to cope with the speed and complexity of life and becoming increasingly disconnected from the true…

    March 30, 2017

    The bank that cares about more than money

    Here's a fascinating article about Handelsbanken, the Swedish bank that has over 200 branches in the UK and is the fastest …

    November 29, 2016

    Re-balancing company ownership through guardian shares

    As a general rule, ownership brings responsibility. If you own a car that pollutes, or a dog that injures another creature, you can be fined or go to jail. Even owning a t-shirt or

    December 17, 2019

    True communism? True capitalism? The K2K approach to business.

    I just returned from Lisbon, where I attended a workshop run by K2K Emocionando, a company based in the Basque region of Spain. Over the last 12 years K2K has, they claim,

    December 17, 2019

    Business in the age of Extinction

    Purpose is a popular theme amongst business gurus, consultants and strategists these days. Business magazine Forbes publishes articles that urge its readers to make purpose “a pivotal part of your business strategy”. Motivational speaker Simon Sinek tells…

    May 20, 2019

    Next stage organisations - leaving the safe harbour

    "We want to see flourishing lives on a flourishing planet.” This was the heartfelt desire expressed by one group of participants in an event we hosted in Bristol in June this year. It is surely something that any human being would echo.

    September 9, 2018

    Winter solstice - the still point of the turning world

    Today is the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere, that time in the year when the nights are longest and the days are coldest.

    December 30, 2016

    Farewell to feudalism? Time to change company law!

    It is a rare thing to hear a Conservative prime minister call for more responsible capitalism. Theresa …

    November 2, 2016

    It is time to reinvent our organisations!

    “Lack of responsibility”, “lack of connection”, “top down” “individual agenda”, “suppression, keeping things in” “anxiety” “slavery”.

    December 17, 2019

    Voting and democracy are not the same thing!

    There’s nothing in principle wrong with voting, so long as you recognise its limitations. Voting can be an effective way of gauging how a group feels about a particular matter at a point of time.

    December 17, 2019

    Thinking about adopting self-management? Read this first!

    “Can I play Fortnite?”. This is how my son usually greets me upon his return from school each day. After a day of sitting and listening to his teachers droning on, his main desire is to go online, meet up with his friends ...

    January 31, 2019

    Distributed Leadership anchored in the Power to Object

    In most traditional Japanese ‘lean’ manufacturing plants you will find sets of two cords dangling from above every few meters along the production line, within everyone’s reach, one yellow one red. If the yellow is pulled …

    December 30, 2017

    Humans - simply imperfect machines?

    Sometimes, I forget I am an animal. Carried away with my ability to think, to calculate and analyse, to plan and strategise,

    November 30, 2016

    The Problem with 'Change Management

    As a coach I have always steered away from ‘change management’, even though it is a huge industry …

    October 30, 2016