We are all living the constant dance between Chaos and Order. We are increasingly working with more uncertainty and more demands to design solutions in this uncertainty, both in our personal and professional lives.

Very few of us have been trained in how to offer enough structure and clarity for new and better solutions to emerge as we collaborate around the questions that really matter.

We are finding that

  • Everybody working in organizational life now is a designer. Chaordic design is both a design tool and a project management tool for iterative processes.
  • We need designs that change. As we interact, and enact our work, we change the context of our work, and we need a tool that encourages us to adapt as we do. Evolving Design.
  • We need design tools that are collaborative and help us work with others – responsive, agile, participatory.

What will we cover?

This course will be like no other we have offered so far, building on existing work in the field and bringing to bear all that Chris has been learning, including: Chaordic design as both a design tool and a project management tool for iterative processes. We will explore the importance of evolving design. As we interact and enact our work, the context of our work changes. Our tools need to encourage and support constant adaptation to shifts in context & need. Our design tools need to be collaborative; they need to help us work with others – responsive, agile, and participatory.

1 – The Nature of Chaordic Design and Complexity
What does it mean to work with complexity? Origins of chaordic and complexity frameworks (Dee Hock, Cynefin) Chaordic field is in the liminality between complexity and complication.  

2 – Inviting Us into Our Work
In this first stage we explore the questions: “How do we invite people into participatory spaces? How do we make the best use of multiple and diverse perspectives? How do we sense where we are now and make decisions about where to go together?” The first four stepping stones are: Need, Purpose, Principles, and People.

3- Designing the Architecture of Implementation
Good strategy produces sustainable outputs that support wise action. How can we work with each other in a participatory way to produce effective results and support action over time?  Here we look at Probes, Prototypes and Scaling from prototypes. The Stepping stones are: Outputs and Architecture of Implementation

4 – Structuring Our Work
How do we structure our work in a way that allows it to evolve, as we learn more about what we are doing? We begin by designing a concept, addressing our limiting beliefs about it, and then resourcing it with time, attention and money. Here the stepping stones are: Concept, Limiting Beliefs, and Structure.



This is different! We are creating a new way for you to engage with our courses. As part of our continuous efforts to make all the valuable material that we are gathering through our courses and our practice available, we have set out to offer a new kind of courses that are more FLEXIBLE  and mostly self paced at the same time as you learn with a community of peer learners.

For our “Flex” course you will have the benefit of:

  • Self paced learning: Through carefully curated bite size videos and audio presenting the core ideas. This allows you to access the teachings when it is convenient for you
  • A community of peer learners and peer feedback. This allows us to get to know peers from all over the world and reflect on our own practice in the light of what others are doing.
  • Simple exercises to help you integrate your learning in your context.
  • A weekly rhythm, where new content and exercises are shared every week.
  • Live sessions,  taking advantage of our shared experience. We will be offering a series of practitioners calls, helping us learn better from each other.


The course is a self paced course, where we make new resources available every week. The course has a variety of modalities to help get as much out of the course as possible:

Self paced learning material:
Audio and video material
An integrated online learning platform
Exercises helping to apply the material in your own context

Participatory learning:
Peer learning: feedback on exercises, questions and sharing of inspirational cases.

A practice guide:
A creatively illustrated extensive practice guide to support all material covered

Working online, we can take advantage of the international scope of our interconnected communities of practice

Community of Practice
By joining this course you will be invited to participate for free in our ongoing calls for the community of practice of harvesters, that exchange experience and offer inspiration and new insights for deepening the practice.

  • 10 Weeks


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