Progress Update: Nov 2019
I was recently asked if this project is still active. The answer is "yes..." with a lot of dots...
When I started the writing process, I had a very clear set of information that I wanted to write down and publish. I got about 75% through that project during my summer break, so I published that work-in-progress in mid 2018.
I have not updated the published version since then.
This is mostly because my thinking has gone through a pretty significant change. I'm not finished with my own mental upgrade yet, so I'm not ready to articulate the new version for publishing.
The catalyst for my mental change was reading The Listening Society by Hanzi Freinacht.
Prior to reading that book, I was really in the grip of the "social justice" way of thinking about the world, e.g. society is shaped by structures of oppression, and we need to prototype structures of liberation, so we can make our way towards a more just society.
I still believe that, but The Listening Society brought another lens: we also need to focus on adult development (e.g. cognitive complexity, emotional intelligence, etc). The adult development piece is entirely missing from the published version of my book so far, and that now feels like a major error to me. If you follow my Microsolidarity project, you'll see that's a growing focus for me now: how do we get into relationships of growth, healing, intimacy, development?
I'm still in the process of figuring out how to talk about adult development in the context of the workplace. In January 2020 we're filming an online course for my training/consulting company The Hum. We're writing the script now. That script inherits all of the content from the Patterns for Decentralised Organising book, and includes more content about adult development.
I'm not sure yet how this will affect the book. One option is to make the book a close companion of the online course, essentially a written version of the video content that we're producing. Another option is to take the book in a new direction, more like an anthology of blog posts. For example, I think my blog post on power is much better than my book chapter on power.
I'm not sure yet, and happy to see how it all emerges. If anyone has paid for the book and feels let down, you can get an automatic refund within 45 days of purchase, or contact me and I will do it manually :)
Thanks for your attention and support!