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In 2016,'s open organization community released The Open Organization Leaders Manual, a handbook chock-a-block full of advice and best practices for anyone seeking to lead and manage according to open principles. Since then, readers have downloaded more than 1,700 copies of the eBook and purchased nearly 500 copies of the paperback (who says print is dead?).

Now we think it's due for an update.

So to celebrate the book's second anniversary, the community is preparing a new edition of the Leaders Manual—and you can shape it.

Getting started

The proposed book comprises three principal sections, each focused on an important leadership topic:

  • Part 1: Planning and goal-setting
  • Part 2: Organizational design and culture building
  • Part 3: Motivation and engagement

You can contribute to any or all of them by:

Participating is easy. You can join the project in three steps:

  1. Review the project timeline to see if our schedule jibes with yours.
  2. Check the working table of contents and determine whether (and where) your proposed chapter might fit into the project.
  3. Submit a pitch.

To file your pitch, just do one of the following:

What's next?

We'll be accepting chapter proposals until May 1—and we're all eager to see yours.

Bryan Behrenshausen
Bryan formerly managed the Open Organization section of, which features stories about the ways open values and principles are changing how we think about organizational culture and design. He's worked on since 2011. Find him online as semioticrobotic.


This is great! I just emailed you some items I'd be happy to contribute. One is about building and maintaining relationships, and one is about collaboration and role identity.

Can this be applied to Government. I am running for town Supervisor can Open - Source work in town governmnet

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