How do you build a flat structured organisation?
A few weeks ago I spoke at the brilliant Losing Control event organised by the Social Change Agency and Practical Governance. It involved an exciting mix of people from charities, big organisations, community groups and co-ops among others, and we were all there to grapple with a massive question - what are the practical realities of building a social movement fit for social change?
I spoke on behalf of Outlandish, a tech worker co-operative made up of about 16 freelancers and seven members where no one has a specific role, and CoTech, a network of 24 digital co-ops based across the UK. I had five minutes to speak about each, and tried to include as much information as I could about flat structure organisations, the constant energy that goes into making it work (and the subsequent lessons that we learn), and why collaboration is so much more effective than competing with your sector peers.
Here is a list of things that I squeezed into my five minutes about Outlandish:
Here is a list of things that I mentioned about CoTech: