Introduction to Liberating Structures

Are you tired of boring meetings? Would you like your meetings and events to be involving, focused and memorable?

Liberating Structures is a repertoire of over 30 methods to make your activities fully inclusive and more effective. All have been widely tested and are focused on results.

In this one-day introductory workshop, you will learn about the underlying principles of Liberating Structures and will experience a selection of these methods. It’s perfect if you have never used Liberating Structures before and would like to learn more, or if you have used them before and would like a refresher.

Course Dates:

3rd Jul 2019 ( spaces available )

4th Oct 2019 ( spaces available )

23rd Jan 2020 ( spaces available )

Course Length: 1 Day

Course Costs:

Standard Price: £295 (+VAT)

Charity: <15 Staff : £95 (+VAT)

Charity: 16-30 Staff: £125 (+VAT)

Charity: 31+ Staff: £180 (+VAT)

Public Sector: £295 (+VAT)

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Course Location

Happy HQ, 3rd Floor, 9 Alie Street, London E1 8DE

What You Will Learn

What are Liberating Structures?

Liberating Structures (LS) are simple social technologies and tiny methods that disrupt conventional patterns in how we work together. Taken individually, each of the 33+ methods changes the way results are generated by a group. As a repertoire of complementary methods, they address many chronic challenges faced by groups.

When LS are introduced, many familiar approaches that people use all the time — presentations, open discussions, managed discussions, status reports, and brainstorms — become less attractive or fade away. LS make it possible to immediately and productively tap a group’s creative intelligence and generative potential. The precise and minimum way each LS is specified makes it possible for anyone to quickly start using them. LS remove the mystery behind effective participatory leadership, group facilitation, and hosting dynamic processes. Prepare to be surprised!

Themes Covered

This introduction will cover a range of the structures, including:

  • Mad Hatter’s Tea Party – A great way to boost the energy, have rapid discussions and meet a range of people
  • 124All – Ensure everybody gets the chance to and everybody contributes to the topic
  • Conversation Café – Build relationships and create a reflective discussion
  • Troika – A novel way to get advice on a key problem from two colleagues
  • 248Decision – Involve everybody in quickly establishing a set of values, principles or behaviours
  • Triz – By exploring the worst possible outcome, spot the activities of your team that are getting in the way
  • 25/10 – Speedily find the best ideas from a wide range in a large group

Throughout the workshop you’ll learn about the underlying principles of Liberating Structures, how to introduce them in your own work, and hear stories about inventive ways people are applying them in diverse settings around the world.

This introduction is perfect for those who have never experienced Liberating Structures, while also being a useful practice and refresher session for those who have.

The session will be led by Henry Stewart, Chief Happiness Officer and Founder of Happy, and Sharon Dale, a practitioner of Liberating Structures.

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The course will run from 10am to 4:30pm (hot buffet lunch 1pm to 1:45pm). Please be careful to arrive by 9:45am for registration and refreshments. The course will start precisely on time and it may not be possible to go back over material missed by late arrivals. If you arrive over 30 minutes late you may not be able to attend the day.

Please ensure you read our Terms and Conditions before booking for our payment terms and cancellation policy.

The Happy Guarantee

We want everyone to go away from our courses feeling as though they have learnt useful, practical skills that they can use straight away when they go back to work.

If you don’t feel that your training has been useful or if you are unhappy in any way, please just get in touch with our Customer Services team within 30 days of the course. We will be happy to offer you additional support and training free of charge to help you to gain the skills you need, or if you’d prefer, a full refund.

Your Course Trainers

Henry Stewart

Henry Stewart

Henry Stewart is founder and Chief Happiness Officer of London-based training business Happy Ltd. Happy was rated one of the top 20 workplaces in the UK for 5 successive years and now helps other organisations create happy workplaces. In 2011 Henry was listed in the Guru Radar of the Thinkers 50 list of the most influential business thinkers in the world. "He is one of the thinkers who we believe will shape the future of business", explained list compiler Stuart Crainer. His book, The Happy Manifesto, was published by Kogan Page in January 2013.

Sharon Dale

Sharon Dale

Sharon is an independent consultant based in Leeds. She is most interested in creating the conditions for participation and unleashing the talent in your teams. Team kick off sessions, project inception workshops and capability building are where she feels she can create the most impact. Sharon runs the Liberating Structures Practice group in Leeds and is one of a number of people across the globe running virtual sandbox sessions to help people to gain and practice the necessary skills to run structures virtually using Zoom and other services.