The 5 Threads of Participatory Organizing in the Workplace: Practical Applications and Prototypes (APA2243.02)

Susan Basterfield with Robert Ransick

For more than a century, assumptions about how the workplace is best organized to optimize production or profits have not been challenged – and neither has the definition of ‘value’. It’s clear that the ‘workplace of the future’ is not the workplace of the past. Whether through automation, decentralization, or an intention to grow awareness of the workplace as a dynamic psycho-social entity, the opportunity exists to start practicing the skills and capacities that will bring about the human future of work. This course offers a practical exploration of the hypothesis that 5 elements are necessary to build and nurture to unleash the potential of the collective: Making Decisions, Building Connection, Allocating Resources, Gathering Together, and Coordinating Action. In the two-day workshop, participants will have an authentic experience of each of these five threads’ and create prototypes to explore over the ensuing virtual sessions. Source material will include Better Work Together: How the Power of Community Can Transform your Business (published by the Enspiral Foundation) among others.

Prerequisites: None.
Credits: 1
Sat 9:30–12:30, 1:30–4:30; Sun 11:00–12:30, 1:30–5:00 (Oct 12, 13)
Maximum Enrollment: 18
Course Frequency:
This course is categorized as All courses, Updates, Advancement of Public Action.