Collaborative Management

One of the most inspiring (and at times challenging) aspects of Wilderland is it’s collaborative management system. Every active participant at Wilderland has a say through our decision making process in how things are done. Everyone has the ability to work towards making changes to the project, as long as they align with the purposes and intent of the Trust Deed.

Participating at Wilderland

As participants progress with their time at Wilderland, they work towards deepening their learning experience and their commitment. There are 3 types of participants at Wilderland – all are beneficiaries of the Trust:


Are involved in our 4-week volunteer program


Students have completed a four week visitor programme, and applied to stay for a further 3 months to continue their learning experience. Students must apply to the Resident Group in order stay longer, and are accepted based on a successful majority long term participant vote.

Long-term Participants

Long-Term Participants are people with a strong sense of commitment to Wilderland. Their primary purpose of staying and participating at Wilderland is to serve the Trust and promote Wilderland’s charitable purposes.


Team Leaders look after the key areas of Wilderland’s operations. They are voted in by a Majority Resident Group vote – empowering them with the support of the current Resident Group. 


Every second week they report to a Resident Group Meeting on current and upcoming work in their areas of responsibility. Most work is essential to ongoing operations, and reports just serve to keep everyone up to date with what is happening. 


If a team leader wants to make a change to the way things run, or propose something new, they must announce it as a decision at a Resident Group meeting.

Decision Making

All decisions are made collectively – a decision is only valid after it has been presented and accepted at a Resident Meeting. 


If there is any objection from a member or members of the Resident Group, or if further discussion or information is needed, the decision is put on hold so concerned parties can do what is needed before presenting a final solution. 


In this way our decision making process is designed to create space for discussion and ‘due diligence’ outside of meetings, helping to keep our meetings on-track and positively focused. If a solution can’t be found which works for those concerned, it is deferred to a Resident Vote

Resident Vote

Concerned parties present potential ideas and solutions to the meeting, and there is room for discussion before a Resident vote is conducted.


The conclusion of a Majority Resident Vote is final as it reflects the best wishes of the majority, however Residents have the right to appeal any decision to the Trustees at a Trust meeting for further consideration.

Working with the Trust

Although work following a decision made by the Resident Group can begin immediately, a decision is only fully ratified after it has been presented to the Trust at the next Trust meeting. 


This process allows the oversight of the Trust board, and helps to ensure that the work of the current Resident Group is aligned with the Trust’s charitable purposes. 


Certain decisions made by the Resident Group need to be checked with the Trust before being allowed, ie, large expenditures on new fixed assets, and voting on new Long-Term Participants

Weekly Planning

At the beginning of each working week we get together for a Planning Meeting! 


Planning Meetings help us to make sure we keep up with everything we need to get done, and resources (vehicles, tools, help) are shared appropriately while we do it all! 


The Planning Meeting is facilitated by the leader of the Planning Team to make sure it runs smoothly.