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Barcelona, Spain October 11-14th!

Praise for Going Horizontal

Individual practices can shift entire systems – in Going Horizontal, Samantha Slade provides every leader with individualized access points to leverage their unique experience to shift not only their organisation but the entire leadership paradigm.

Susan Basterfield, Future of work thought leader, author and Enspiral member.

Samantha Slade offers a much needed alternative to our current systems of organizing. Her book is as refreshing as it is personal, and will be indispensable for those looking to bring more humanity into their organizations.

Joel Bothello Assistant Professor Department of Management, John Molson School of Business, Concordia University

Going Horizontal is the product of Ms. Slade’s deft powers of observation and long experience working closely with individuals and organizations on the challenges of the workplace. She asks all the right questions about why our professional environments have gotten out of balance, and offers thoughtful, flexible and practical solutions. This book is for anyone who’s ever wondered what the future of truly fulfilling work could look like.

Melissa Aronczyk Professor of Journalism and Media Studies, Rutgers University

For those who feel trapped inside organizations that treat people like morons or machine parts, help is at hand.

Stephen Huddart CEO and President, McConnell Foundation

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Release date Nov. 27 2018!

Feel caught between the inspirational stories of non-hierarchical organizations and the habits and reflexes in your organization? In yourself? It can be overwhelming to have such a sense of possibility and yet feel ill equipped in practical methods and strategy.

No matter your domain of work or type of organization or your role within it, it is a horizontal mindset that can take you into your future. Going Horizontal can support you on your journey.

There are seven domains of practice common to most organizations and key to developing a horizontal mindset: autonomy, purpose, meetings, transparency, decision making, learning and development and relationships and conflict.


  • how you are already skilled at many horizontal practices in and outside of work;
  • accessible practices that you can start using right away;
  • useful tools and models to help see your path more clearly;
  • strategic actions for your specific organizational context.

There’s no need to wait for permission from hierarchy to start practicing non-hierarchical ways.

Samantha Slade

Author and social designer, co-founder Percolab

Samantha Slade draws from over 20 years of applied ethnographic research growing her own non-hierarchical organization and supporting other organizations in a dozen countries. She has worked with innovative North American start ups to the European Commission. She is equally at ease with ambulance dispatchers and coders as human resource professionals and high level decision makers. She speaks from first hand experience that is relatable and practical.

With a background in Cultural Anthropology and Education, Samantha has been tuned into the subtleties of the way organizations function for a long time. She knows that going horizontal is as much about mindset and culture as it is a structural change. Today, as an international social designer, speaker and consultant Samantha supports teams, organizations and ecosystems to grow their horizontal ways. It doesn’t matter if it is called participatory leadership, co-creation or innovation mindset, it all requires going horizontal.

Sensing the incapacity of dominant organizational models to carry us into our future, Samantha co-founded Percolab, an international co-creation and co-design firm, in 2007. With her colleagues she pioneers culture-driven practices and operational tools for the future of work. Samantha also co-founded one of the first co-working spaces in Canada.

Samantha believes that organizations can and should be a microcosm of the world we want to live in.

Going Horizontal Stewards

Going Horizontal Stewards

  • Belgium: Ilona Piron and Ivo Bols
  • UK: Phoebe Tickell
  • Spain: Nil Roda-Naccari Noguera
  • France: Nadine Jouanen