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.
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!
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.
Susan Bentley6 days ago
I liked that we got a book with the course. It was a small group so felt we were all able to contribute without worrying about speaking 'publicly'. The exercises were very relatable and definitely made me think about my actions in a different way
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The Small Print
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 be asked to leave and attend another 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, 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.