Samantha Slade

We can practice our way into a different world. Co-founder of Percolab, an international network of co-design organizations, all co-managed, and one of the first co-workings in Canada, Samantha pioneers novel organizational models and practices for a world that makes more sense. Percolab blends the autonomy of freelancing with the benefits of organizations and employee status.

Samantha 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, 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. She is keenly aware that humans function quite naturally in non-hierarchical ways. Today, as an international social designer, 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 requires going horizontal.

Author of Going Horizontal : Creating Non-hierarchical Organization, One Practice at a Time (released end of 2018 with BK Publishers)

International speaker at TedxGeneva and CulturConUSA. Samantha believes that organizations can and should be a microcosm of the world we want to live in.