Liberating Structures Immersion Workshop

When you feel included and engaged, do you do a better job? Have you noticed the best ideas often come from unexpected sources? Do you want to work at the top of your intelligence and give the same opportunity to others?

In this practical two-day intensive workshop, you’ll gain hands-on experience of Liberating Structures, a field-tested, results-focused repertoire of interaction patterns which include everyone in shaping the future. You will leave equipped with a rich and adaptable toolkit to unleash the creativity and talent of everyone in your team, work group, community, and organisation.

Workshop delivered in partnership with Liberating Structures London.

Course Dates:

2nd May 2019 ( spaces available )

Course Length: 2 Days

Course Costs:

Standard Price: £695 (+VAT)

Charity: £495 (+VAT)

Public Sector: £495 (+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!

During the first hour of the immersion learning experience, we’ll focus on developing a working knowledge of individual LS while also getting comfortable with the underlying organising logic that all of the methods share in common. From there, we’ll rapidly scale up your familiarity with the repertoire by experiencing multiple methods in a row. The workshop will conclude with you preparing and designing a string of LS to use in an upcoming meeting, work session, workshop, or other interaction.

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.

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Themes Covered

  • Gain hands-on experience of the 33+ Liberating Structures repertoire
  • Understand the underlying micro-structural elements of Liberating Structures
  • Hear first-hand field stories of practical applications of Liberating Structures in healthcare, education, software development, community building
  • Learn how to design interventions and workshops by combining Liberating Structures into strings
  • Explore how to apply Liberating Structures in your own life and work at both small and large scales
  • Learn how to apply Liberating Structures in video conferences and virtual meetings

What people are saying about Liberating Structures

“Since the workshop, I have been able to use Liberating Structures to break the deadlock in meetings, prioritise work and increase morale. Much of my work in leading change and improvement is about having the best possible data and generating the best possible options; Liberating Structures is a great tool for both, with the bonus that the process naturally brings the people involved together on the journey.”

Mike Robinson, Business Agility Consultant

“I came to the workshop looking for ideas of ways to refresh my approach to leading groups and facilitating meetings.  What I came away with was much, much deeper.  For example, a realisation of the extent to which the structure of a gathering can positively affect outcomes, and a desire to actively improve inclusivity.  I saw how LS could help bring introverted folk into group work and also play well with technical communities where some structure is often needed to release innovation.    The event was almost entirely ‘learning by doing’, brilliantly run and provided insights from a diverse group of organisations.  I have used LS a few times and have been thrilled to see the enjoyment and great outcomes they can bring to collaborative work.”

Phil Davis, Director of Technical Learning & Development, Atkins.

Holy smoke. This might be one of the most useful websites I’ve been introduced to since Google. The only words that come to mind are swear words, and I’m on county email.

Ryan Murrey, Acting Executive, Washington State CASA

A treasure trove of simple, practical methods to stimulate critical conversations and liberate the full potential of any group, from the front line to the C-suite.

Cheryl M Scott, Global Programs Senior Advisor, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

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The course will run from 10am to 4:30pm (hot buffet 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.

David Heath

David Heath

David is a technologist interested in the human side of software development. He uses Liberating Structures in his role as Lead Developer at the Government Digital Service, helping to nurture and support the technology community through their monthly community events. In January 2018, David co-founded the monthly London Liberating Structures User Group. Over the past year he has helped to grow the network of LS practitioners in the UK, with new groups starting in Glasgow, Leeds and Cardiff. He has co-designed several LS immersion workshops and continues to spread his passion for unleashing and including everyone through workshops at conferences such as Lean Agile Scotland, Agile in the City and Agile on the Beach.