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A practical workshop – delivered remotely – giving you an introduction to consent-based decision-making and a chance to try it out for yourself

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Consent-based decision-making is one of the core principles of Sociocracy

Using consent to make decisions helps any kind of organisation achieve buy-in from team members at every level, so people really understand why they are working towards a goal.

Some of the main benefits of consent include:

  • Promoting forward motion and experimentation – finding common ground through agreeing to proposals that are ‘good enough for now’
  • Balancing groups and individuals – preventing a majority having power over a minority
  • Including diverse voices – ensuring no-one can be ignored through proposals that are ‘safe enough to try’

This workshop is based on your facilitators’ real-life experience of implementing the approach over many years in a business setting. The session will give you a practical, hands-on taster, and enough knowledge to start exploring using consent-based decision-making in your own organisation.

At Outlandish, we have used consent as part of our organisational DNA for more than six years. For us, this approach to gaining buy-in has been invaluable to our success and we want to share our experience and knowledge with others.

Need more convincing? You can read about the benefits of consent and sociocracy for your organisation and how, when used effectively, it has the power to make radical change safely AND quickly.


In this workshop, you will

  • gain a good grounding in using the consent process;
  • explore the difference between voicing a preference and a ‘critical concern’; 
  • interrogate your own needs and those of others in a collaborative way;
  • meet others exploring new approaches to organising;
  • clarify personal and organisational next steps.

But don’t take our word for it, this is what one participant said:

“Thought-stimulating and uplifting on a personal, practical and strategic level. I’m looking forward to finding out more and implementing.”

Who this workshop is designed for 

This workshop is aimed at people who are interested in more effective ways of organising and making decisions, and who want to experience the consent process for themselves.

You may be currently working in one of the following positions:

  • Managers and leaders looking to improve their organisation’s ways of working
  • Team leaders wanting to make decisions faster, and with more stakeholder involvement
  • Members of agile teams seeking more inclusive ways of working to help improve their team’s culture

The workshop is also suitable for consultants who are helping others with organisational development, design, or cultural change, as well as anyone with an interest in Sociocracy.

The facilitators

Pete Burden and Abi Handley are delivering this workshop, based on their real-life experience of using and implementing Sociocracy.

Pete is a team and leadership coach who works with purpose-oriented businesses and organisations. He introduced Sociocracy to Outlandish and has been pivotal in supporting the development of the co-operative.

Abi is a key organiser within Outlandish. She works across programme management, finances, communications and business development and focusses much of her time in developing communication skills across the Outlandish team.

Timing & Format

10:00 – 16:00 (with a lunch break*)

We intentionally keep the numbers of this session low, so that everyone gets a chance to get involved. Most of our time will be spent on practice, exploring consent-based decision-making together to maximise your learning.

*in face to face workshops we provide lunch, so for workshops delivered during the coronavirus outbreak we will be scheduling a meet-up for all attendees at our co-working office, Space 4, once we are allowed out to play. This will be an informal lunch or evening session to meet face to face with the people you trained with online.


£250 (£208+VAT)

We have priced the workshop to be accessible for individuals and SME’s, but if it is still beyond your reach please get in touch and we’ll see how else we can help you.

Sign up

You can book tickets on Eventbrite or if you would like to find out more contact hello@outlandish.com.

We can also arrange a bespoke workshop for your team. Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss this option.

Sociocracy 101 is part of our Building OUT programme