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

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.

Beyond the Boss: Organizational Models for the 21st Century (APA2247.02)

Almost all work in the world is performed in groups and all groups involve some kind of organization. Whether it’s a fast-food restaurant, a band, an activist group, or even a college class, we investigate ideas of organization — often invisible — that we picked up from somewhere: families, teachers, bad bosses, and/or movies just to name a few. This course offers the opportunity to survey recent non-traditional organizational concepts from both the business and non-profit world. Since a genuinely critical examination of organizations cannot occur in the absence of lived experience, we will use the class itself as a laboratory for exploring questions such as what does it mean to work without a boss, what is the role of facilitation and negotiation, and how can we use organizations as a vehicle for individual development. Source material will include Reinventing Organizations by Frederic Laloux, the work of Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey (Immunity to Change, An Everyone Culture) among others.

(September 24, 27, October 1, 4, 8, 11)