We help organizations flourish

Red42 offers a fresh take on learning & development – for organizations of all kinds. Red42 is an innovation power-house on the fringe of organizational development and L&D. Our work is aimed at organizational decentralization and transformation, on working the system. All our services, including consulting, are short-duration & high-impact. We also offer a wide range of proprietary products and events By the way: The fastest way to get advice from us is Get Unstuck virtual advisory.


The spirit of consistent self-organization and decentralization, rooted in adamantly democratic principles, is visible in everything that we do. Everything we do at Red42 is based upon the organizational model called the BetaCodex, as well as upon approaches we developed. Such as the brand new Relative Targets (2021), OpenSpace Beta (2018), Cell Structure Design (2019) and LearningCircles by Red42 (2019) - now put to full use by the tech start-up disqourse

Info sessions on the Work the System approaches

Info Hour: Relative Targets – 12 October 2021. Read the invitation.  Sign up now on Eventbrite!

Info Hour: Cell Structure Design – 02 November 2021. Read the invitation.  Sign up now on Eventbrite!

Info Hour: OpenSpace Beta – 02 December 2021. Read the invitation.  Sign up now on Eventbrite!


As of Sep 2021, Red42 transfers its LearningCircles by Red42 business to tech power-house disqourse

We at Red42 are happy to announce that the newly-created tech startup disqourse, based in Zagreb, Croatia, will take LearningCircles to new levels! disqourse is starting in 7 languages and with 6 international partners. The company combines a proprietary online platform with the highly innovative LearningCircles social technology. No surprise that disqourse calls itself "The Agility Provider."

Learn more about disqourse here.


New stuff from Red42

BetaCodex MasterClass w/Niels Pflaeging

The 5th edition of our exclusive online learning format is coming October 2021! Check out our invitation!

OrgPhysics: An article from HR People+Strategy

"The formal structure and the informal structure can be enablers of value creation and lubricants of work. But they cannot themselves produce performance, success, competitiveness or value." In 2010, Red42 founders Silke Hermann and Niels Pflaeging developed the concept of OrgPhysics: The world's first robust theory of organizational structure, power and leaderships. In its 2020 Fall Issue, People+Strategy Journal (published by SHRM) features an article by Silke and Niels (together with Brad Winn from the Huntsman School of Business) on OrgPhysics. Read the full article here!

Work the System: 100% hero-free

We believe that great organizations, organizational development and growth do not require heroes. - neither internal ones, nor external ones.  In complex times, executives or top managers need not be heroes at all. Accordingly, none of our approaches, which include OpenSpace Beta, Cell Structure Design, Relative Targets and LearningCircles by Red42 requires heroism, nor does it produce heroes. Our work is 100% hero-free – guaranteed.

New from Red42: Relative Targets

Red42 published Relative Targets as an open source social technology in February 2021. The roots of Relative Targets reach back two decades: It is based upon the BetaCodex and Beyond Budgeting, as well as on 17 years of client work by Niels and Silke. Find the conceptual overview and the open source license here!