Deepening Psychological Safety in Stages of Self-Organisation–Online Course

Nick Osborne

Liberate the benefits of all members of your organisation freely speaking truth to power, by understanding and removing the obstacles to psychological safety and the power shift on the journey to self-organisation.

Are you practicing self-organisation and wondering why it’s not living up to expectations? Are you interested in starting the self-organisation journey and want to understand and prepare to give the best chance of success? Have you read or heard too many stories of self-organisation not really working and wondering why?

This online course will help you understand answers to those questions and more. It is based on the ideas described in the Psychological Safety & Speaking Truth to Power in Self-Organisation series of articles.


Realise the Inspirational Potential of Self-Organisation!

The media is awash with articles about both the lofty promise of what self-management/self-organisation can achieve; alongside stories of how attempts to make the transition have failed to meet expectations. A key step on the journey to self-organisation is a shift in the foundation of power; yet few attempts fully embrace and successfully achieve this power shift. Consequently, few organisations reap the benefits of all members being feeling safe enough to freely speak truth to power.

In this course you will learn about some of the key obstacles on the journey to self-organisation, and what steps can be taken to remove them. You'll understand the key role that psychological safety has and how important it is to create the conditions where people feel safe enough to speak truth to power.


In this course you will ...

  • learn what psychological safety and the power shift are in organisations
  • understand how psychological safety is a prerequisite for the power shift to complete, which in turn is required for self-organisation practice to mature
  • see how both structural and social aspects of power structures limit psychological safety
  • follow the self-organisation journey through 6 stages of increasing depth of psychological safety, each stage of which removes an obstacle from the previous stage, so enabling the power shift and the journey to self-organisation to progress
  • use a diagnostic to identify how specific limitations to psychological safety are restricting the power shift and so preventing progress on the self-organisation in your organisation

What’s included

  • a video presentation for each module
  • a 1-page summary of each stage on this journey to self-organisation
  • an article describing each stage in detail
  • a rolling monthly live online Q&A for any course participants to ask any questions

Course Options

This course is available as an on-demand online course for anyone to sign up either individually or for a team.

If you'd like a course dedicated for a whole-team then contact us to discuss how that could work.


Course Instructor

Nick Osborne

With over 25 years experience self-organising in private, public and non-profit sectors; employed, freelance, as an entrepreneur and volunteer; with organisations including Shell, Learning and Skills Improvement Service and the Princes Trust; in the UK, Europe, North and South America Nick is now distilling his learning about collaboration, self-organisation, self-management and self-organising systems into this suite of online courses.

He was the first Certified Holacracy Coach in the UK, is the only European-based  partner at HolacracyOne, is a partner with Evolution at Work, has an MSc in Management Development  & Social Responsibility and co-led the development of the Self-Organising System for the Extinction Rebellion UK.


If the course price is too high because you are doing purpose-led work, then get in touch to request a bursary via the gift economy.

If you aren’t fully satisfied with the course then get in touch within 30 days for a full refund.


This course is under development and will launch once a critical mass of people have registered; likely early 2020. Click units highlighted in red for a free preview.

Register now for a special pre-launch price of £150 instead of the full price of £250 and get access to the course as soon as it's launched.
Module 1 Welcome & Orientation
Unit 1 Welcome & How to Take this Course
Unit 2 INTRO PART 1: Seven Stages of Self-Organisation on the Road to Liberating Wholeness & Evolutionary Purpose  - Preview
Module 2 How psychological safety, power shift, self-organisation & Teal fit together
Unit 1 INTRO PART 2: The Road Ahead–How Psychological Safety, Power Shift, Self-Organisation & Teal Fit Together  - Preview
Unit 2 Video Presentation
Unit 3 1-Page Summary
Unit 4 Rolling Monthly Live Q&A
Module 3 Forget hierarchy- let’s collaborate!
Unit 1 STAGE 1: Forget Hierarchy- Let’s Collaborate!  - Preview
Unit 2 Video Presentation
Unit 3 1-Page Summary
Unit 4 Rolling Monthly Live Q&A
Module 4 Clarifying who does what
Unit 1 STAGE 2: Clarifying who does what  - Preview
Unit 2 Video Presentation
Unit 3 1-Page Summary
Unit 4 Rolling Monthly Live Q&A
Module 5 Creating space for people-not-work
Unit 1 STAGE 3: Creating Space for People—Not Work  - Preview
Unit 2 Video Presentation
Unit 3 1-Page Summary
Unit 4 Rolling Monthly Live Q&A
Module 6 Decentralising Decisions About People/Org Relations
Unit 1 STAGE 4: Decentralising Decisions About People/Org Relations  - Preview
Unit 2 Video Presentation
Unit 3 1-Page Summary
Unit 4 Rolling Monthly Live Q&A
Module 7 Relational Wholeness: Trust, Safety, and Depth
Unit 1 STAGE 5: Relational Wholeness: Trust, Safety, and Depth  - Preview
Unit 2 Video Presentation
Unit 3 1-Page Summary
Unit 4 Rolling Monthly Live Q&A
Module 8 Deepening Personal & Organisational Tension–Processing Capacity
Unit 1 STAGE 6: Deepening Personal & Organisational Tension–Processing Capacity  - Preview
Unit 2 Video Presentation
Unit 3 1-Page Summary
Unit 4 Rolling Monthly Live Q&A
Module 9 Liberating Evolutionary Purpose
Unit 1 STAGE 7: Liberating Evolutionary Purpose  - Preview
Unit 2 Video Presentation
Unit 3 1-Page Summary
Unit 4 Rolling Monthly Live Q&A
Module 10 Assess Your Organisation’s Psychological Safety & Stage of Self-Organisation
Unit 1 Assessing Your Organisation’s Psychological Safety & Stage of Self-Organisation
Unit 2 Video Presentation
Unit 3 1-Page Summary
Unit 4 Rolling Live Q&A