My name is Richard D. Bartlett, like Rich dB, like Rich Decibels.
During the Occupy movement in 2011, I caught a glimpse of a different way of being together: more compassionate, more intelligent, more creative, inclusive, and animating than what I’d experienced as a student, worker, or citizen up until that point. Since then I’ve been on a mission.
In 2012 I co-founded Loomio, a digital tool for deliberation and decision-making in groups of 3-300 people. Then in 2016 I co-founded The Hum, a consulting company that offers practical guidance for decentralised organisations.
Writing is my best work. I write about how we work together, at any scale, from relationships, to organisations, to social change. I publish on Medium.com so you can follow me there to be notified of new articles.
My first book is available here, though it is not finished yet. It’s called Patterns for Decentralised Organising, sharing solutions to the most common failure points of collaborative groups.
I curate this comprehensive list of resources for decentralised organisations.
My most recent project is called Microsolidarity. It’s a plan for weaving purposeful networks where people support each other with deep mutual aid.
Here I am in conversation with: Daniel Thorson, Emerge; Marco Deseriis, Open Democracy; Douglas Rushkoff, Team Human; Seoul Mayor Won Soon Park; Ronan Harrington, Alter Ego; Stephen Reid; Jessica Feldman; Andrey Salomatin, Code; Peter Limberg, Intellectual Explorers Club; Media For Us; Jamie King, Make World and Steal This Show; Adam McKenty, Collective Intelligence; Jon Barnes, How Might We.
I’m frequently overwhelmed with email. To help me manage, please send your request to the right place :)
I used to make noise machines. They’re all open source; you can find the blueprints on my old blog.