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.

Co-designed and led by Liberating Structures pioneers Fisher Qua and Anna Jackson, in close collaboration with a team from the London Liberating Structures Community, this workshop will equip you with a rich and adaptable toolkit to unleash the creativity and talent of everyone in your team, work group, community, and organisation.

Early Bird pricing for the first 10 tickets or until 18th October: £395 + VAT for charities and public sectors, £595 + VAT for commercial organisations.

Workshop delivered in partnership with Liberating Structures London.

Course Dates:

29th Nov 2018 (spaces available)

Course Length: 2 Days (09:30-17:30)

Course Costs:

Standard Price: £695 (+VAT)

Charity: £495 (+VAT)

Public Sector: £495 (+VAT)

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Course Location

Happy, Alie Street – view map & directions

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.

Pricing for the workshop

Early Bird pricing for the first 10 tickets or until 18th October: £395 + VAT for charities and public sectors, £595 + VAT for commercial organisations.

Full pricing: £495 + VAT for charities and public sectors, £695 + VAT for commercial organisations.

We particularly encourage bookings from charities and non-profits – please get in touch if you would like to discuss pricing in line with your budget.

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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

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

I’ll never run a meeting the same way again!

LS Workshop Participant

Bringing Liberating Structures into my work is restoring my soul.

Deb Witzel, Executive Director, Longmont Community Justice Partnership

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

Read about what has been made possible in: Restorative JusticeBusiness • Sustainable Development (UN)SoftwareNational Leadership CampaignGovernmentHigher EducationThe Board RoomMilitaryNurse TrainingIndividual TransformationsHealthcareChild Welfare


The course will run from 9.30am to 5:30pm (light cold buffet 1pm to 1:45pm). Please be careful to arrive by 9.15am 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

Anna Jackson

Anna Jackson

Anna Jackson, MSSW, specialises in strategy development, capacity building, person-centred approaches, and participatory approaches to leading change. Liberating Structures (LS) are central to Alpinista's offerings, and Anna regularly teaches public and private workshops on the repertoire, helping organisations integrate the methods and imagine new possibilities for their work by using LS.

Fisher Qua

Fisher Qua

With a background in history, modern dance, health improvement, learning and development, and higher education management Fisher brings eclectic skills to his consulting work. He is primarily focused on organising and structuring interactions that invite people to contribute more of their imagination, creativity, and intelligence to the challenges-at-hand. He appreciates being lovingly provoked, so bring your most-sceptical-selves, your strangest hunches, or your most oblique ideas to the workshop!