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Authored, with love, by a team of passionate entrepreneurs. 



It takes a village

This project is led by Susan Basterfield and Anthony Cabraal as producing authors.

We are deeply grateful to our collaborators, supporters and friends around the globe. Special thanks to Natalie Sisson and Alanna Irving for crowdfunding, production and editing support.

Our co-author team and all contributing authors: Billy Matheson, Gina Rembe-Stevens, Nick Laurence, Sandra Otto, Doris Zuur, Lucy Carver, John Gieryn, Phoebe Tickell, Charley Davenport, Lucas Tauil de Freitas.

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Enspiral began in 2010 with a single freelancer seeking to collaborate with others who shared similar values. It’s grown into a community supporting hundreds of individuals and many companies with ambitious social missions at their core.

Better Work Together is funded through a capped returns investment model, which means all surplus from book sales will go towards supporting the mission of the Enspiral Foundation: More people working on stuff that matters.


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Better Work Together has been written, with love, by a team of passionate entrepreneurs, committed to building a better future of work.


Alanna Irving 

Alanna Irving joined Enspiral in 2011. She was co-founding executive director of the Enspiral Foundation, and co-founder of Loomio, Cobudget, and other open-source technology tools for deep collaboration. Alanna is an expert in bossless leadership, deconstructing and reconstructing money, governance, and ownership for a radically cooperative future. She lives in Wellington, New Zealand.


Chelsea Robinson 

Chelsea is a systems change strategist who has been instrumental in building and leading organisations including, and She lives in San Francisco and continues to expand her impact and influence with a focus on philanthropic strategy and non-profit strategy.


Damian Sligo-Green 

Damian Sligo-Green brings a living systems lens to his work paying special attention to the deeper needs of people and planet. He’s energised by working with others on projects that shift mindsets and behaviours and ultimately facilitate action. He’s based in Wellington and works through Bamboo Creative, a digital agency within the Enspiral community.


Kate Beecroft 

Kate Beecroft is a strategist, facilitator, process designer and business developer who has been launching trainings, designing and hosting events and consulting with companies on the principles of self management. She is based in Europe and is a co-founder of Greaterthan, a venture in service of people and organisations at the forefront of radically new organisational models. Her dream job is to be a bibliotherapist.


Richard Bartlett 

Richard D. Bartlett has been cultivating the Enspiral garden since 2012. He co-founded Loomio, an open source software tool for collective decision-making, and The Hum, offering practical guidance for decentralised organisations. Rich is passionate about co-ownership, self-management, collaborative governance, and other ways of sneaking anarchism into respectable places.


Francesca Pick 

Francesca Pick is a driving force in several international collectives such as the Ouishare network. Her work is focused on community building, new organisational models and participatory governance. She is based in Europe and is the co-founder of Greaterthan, a venture in service of people and organisations at the forefront of radically new organisational models.


Sandra Chemin 

Sandra Chemin has been passionate about innovation, experimentation and learning by doing all her life - as the co-founder of the first digital agency in Brazil, sailing around the world with her family, co-founding a school designed for social inclusion and as the founder of, helping organisations and individuals create the future of their work. She is a sought-after speaker and is based between New Zealand and Brazil.



Silvia Zuur 

Silvia Zuur brings people into the heart of all organisational change work. She has been growing Enspiral with a focus on educational ventures, transformative events and healthy organisational strategy since 2012. With more than a decade of facilitation experience, she is comfortable pacing the main stage of an event, sorting logistics out the back, or scheming and dreaming new ideas. An adventurer at heart, she has based herself in Wellington.


Joshua Vial

Joshua Vial is the original founder of the Enspiral collective and has worked on many ventures and projects since then, most notably Enspiral Dev Academy. As a programmer, entrepreneur, facilitator and educator he works in the space where technology, deep purpose and systemic change meet.


Ants Cabraal

Ants Cabraal is a creative producer, writer and business owner who has helped many Enspiral initiatives start and grow since 2012. He serves as a director and advisor to several startups, and loves to get new ideas off the ground– including driving the creation of this book. He is based between Wellington New Zealand, and Melbourne, Australia.


Susan Basterfield

Susan Basterfield is catalyst and convener, helping individuals and organisations release potential through participatory organising, exploring her hypothesis that our transition into what’s next will be brought about by and through community. She is a prolific writer and speaker, and has shared her experiences from India to Korea, Canada to Chile, Sweden to Australia and most places in between.



This project was made possible with financial and in-kind support from these amazing organisations.  



DAOstack is a platform for decentralised governance that enables collectives to easily self-organise around shared goals or values. DAOstack is sometimes called an operating system for collective intelligence, or a Wordpress for DAOs – ‘decentralised autonomous organisations’ – which use blockchain-based governance protocols to convert human input into efficient, effective decision-making.


Namaste Foundation

Namaste Foundation exists in service of a peaceful, just, and regenerative world. The organisation is an expression of solidarity with many movements. They serve the common good through understanding, collaboration, and relationship.


Space Base

Space Base is co-creating a global Space Ecosystem to serve entrepreneurs in emerging space industries – starting in New Zealand. Their goal is to provide access to training, networking, technical services, and investment opportunities where they are needed most.

Bamboo Creative

Bamboo Creative is a digital agency based in Wellington, Aotearoa and a part of the Enspiral network. We help develop good ideas into great ones and design engaging, meaningful experiences for end users. A diverse team of designers, developers, storytellers and product strategists, we’re committed to working as peers on projects that help people connect with themselves, each other and the wider world.


The Philtech Initiative

The global open Philtech Initiative was established in May 2018 to cultivate sustainable and efficient purpose-driven organisations aimed at solving root causes of world problems by prioritising their social and environmental impact over the traditional ‘increase profits at any cost’ approach. Philtech Initiative originated from Rybakov Foundation, a private philanthropic organisation founded in 2015 by Igor and Ekaterina Rybakov with headquarters in Moscow, Russia.



Peerdom crafts customisable digital tools to cultivate workplaces where individuals take pride in and ownership of their work. Our core product, Peerdom Map, allows you to visualise and interact with your organisational structure through a shared, intuitive map. This map can help onboard newcomers into your organisation, clarify decision-making responsibilities, and track the overall evolution of your organisation. It’s not tied to any organisational dogma and can be adapted to your particular blend of self-organisation.


Optimi works with businesses to ensure their systems and processes are effective and streamlined. We use the latest web tools to automate workflows and connect different data pipes together to create a single source of truth. We enable small to medium-sized organisations to harness new efficiencies by optimising their systems so they can do the work that matters while we take care of the rest. We simplify complexity and amplify the impact of important work!


Better Work Together offers a fresh vision – what if there were a way to do meaningful work together, while bringing out the best in each of us?

Pete Dignan, Ever Better


Let’s continue learning together 


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Put the ideas from the book into practice with us online. Limited places available.


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Our global community of authors and ventures can support your development in many ways.

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