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.
About Liberating Structures
The origins of Liberating Structures are described by co-developers--Henri Lipmanowicz and Keith McCandless.
Susan Bentley217 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
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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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.
Saddia4 days ago
Great atmosphere, Sal was very welcoming & explained each step making it very easy to follow through the whole module. Highly recommend.
Sajid Ali4 days ago
Location was great, refreshments were endless, ice cream fridge was a winner, tutor was excellent!
Paul Murtagh5 days ago
Excellent customer service. Good value for money
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Manuela Romeo19 days ago
Course very well delivered and structured. The facilitator focused on our weaknesses and tailored the course to our needs.
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the whole package was good
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Trusted Customer29 days ago
From the moment I walked through the door everyone was really welcoming and put me at my ease. Dez, the facilitator held the group well and ket the flow of the training ...
Trusted Customer32 days ago
Course was good. Trainer was excellent as usual. Only gripe is the aftercare bit. I have attended 2 previous courses and have asked for (and received) a PDF of the traini...
Anna Jones33 days ago
Fabulous trainer, great location and venue.
Samantha Phillips40 days ago
I think Happy are fantastic! Their communication is clear and quick. I received a warm welcome on the day of my course and support throughout, as well as a yummy lunch pr...