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.

This course can be delivered in the classroom or remotely via Zoom. Contact us for availability and pricing, or see the Using Liberating Structures Online page for our two-hour online workshop that'll introduce you to the underlying principles of Liberating Structures.

Course overview 

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.

About Liberating Structures

The origins of Liberating Structures are described by co-developers--Henri Lipmanowicz and Keith McCandless.

Group Learning Events

If you have five or more learners, a private group event could be cheaper.

We can tailor the content to your team, and host the workshop inhouse at your workplace or here at Happy's HQ in Aldgate, Central London.

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Introduction to Liberating Structures
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Why choose Happy?

  • Award-winning learner-focused approach
  • Small class sizes to give personal one-to-one support
  • Two years of free support after your course
  • Private group options available
  • No quibble money-back guarantee on all courses

The Small Print

The course will run from 10am to 4:30pm (lunch is served 1pm to 1:45pm — we offer a choice of 3 cold bowl dishes). 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, please 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.

Coronavirus Update

Due to current government guidelines we have temporarily closed our training centre in London. All of our staff are now working remotely, and all classroom training has been postponed until 29th May.

We have developed a fantastic range of interactive webinars delivered by our experienced facilitators, Live Online Learning. We understand that for many people this will be the first time that they have worked from home and so we have developed short 1.5-2 hour sessions to help you adjust to this new situation. You can see details of our IT Skills live online learning sessions here and our Personal Development sessions here – or we can adapt any of our classroom training into webinar format for you.

For the latest government guidance, please visit the gov.uk website.

We will continue to monitor the situation and will advise all clients if the situation changes.

If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to arrange some online training, our friendly team are available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. You can leave a message on 020 7375 7300 or email us at hello@happy.co.uk.

Did you know...

...one way to think about what you want is to think about what you least want and how you are already achieving that?

Happy runs a two-day Liberating Structures Immersion Workshop, which gives you hands-on experience of Liberating Structures. Find out more

We also offer a range of other leadership, personal development and personal effectiveness programmes. Take a look:

Happy Workplace Leadership Programme to enable you to gain personal insight and develop practical leadership and management skills to create a high performing team. Find out more

Be the Best You Can Be At Work to enhance your working relationships and give you the tools to manage your time more effectively. Find out more