⛴️On & offboarding

Here are some simple steps to follow when onboarding new people to GT.



Explorer onboarding in Greaterthan is a distributed accountability among those who make invitations. If you as a member invite someone as an explorer, you are accountable for ensuring they are correctly onboarded and guided into GT as described below. To learn about the invitation process for explorers, see the People Agreement.

Paths to explorer onboarding

Since November 2022, we have been experimenting with multi-annual onboarding cohorts. You can now choose when inviting an explorer whether they join immediately and are onboarded by you (the inviter), or whether they wait for the next cohort before joining.

Step 1: This takes place right after the decision for the explorer to be invited has been closed (see our our People Agreement for how this decision is made).

Step 2: Below is a checklist of what needs to happen for an explorer to be fully onboarded into Greaterthan. Completing these is the accountability of the person who invited them.

After new explorers have completed the onboarding cohort, ensure their status is changed in our Open Books People list, to "Explorer". This removes them from the 'cohort onboarding list' and indicates that they are now fully onboarded.

About onboarding cohorts

  • HOSTING: a rotating team of 2 GT members hosts each onboarding cohort. The responsibility to find the hosts lies with the group of members that invited the people in that cohort.

  • WHO IS IN THE NEXT COHORT? See who is in the queue for the next onboarding cohort here.

  • WHEN: the rhythm of cohorts is still being experimented with. You can find the upcoming start dates in the GT open meetings & events calendar, and in the onboarding queue.


The GT member who invited in and put up the decision to bring in a new associate is accountable for setting in motion their onboarding. The onboarding itself is now done by our persistent role, the "Movement Guide" (currently held by Francesca). All you need to do is follow these 2 steps:

  1. Inform movement guide that the person is ready to be onboarded. They will ensure the person is added to our tools, the website, recurring meetings and more.

  2. Send them the link to this onboarding one-pager.

The movement guide will take it from there, following this onboarding checklist.

About Greaterthan email addresses

There are two options for how associates may have a Greaterthan email address:

  1. A full Google Apps Email account: regular email account, which incurs a monthly fee to GT core. All associates may have such a GT email address, but we ask you to only choose this option if you will really use it (since we are aware that many Associates already have several work emails they use).

  2. An alias (done through a google group), that enables you to receive emails to yourname@greaterthan.works, but does not let you send. This is the default option if you do not choose option 1).

When new members receive the onboarding form, they will be able to choose which email option they prefer.


Here is our offboarding checklist.

Last updated


This work is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike