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.
This workshop will now be delivered remotely via Zoom. You will be sent call details after booking your place.
Workshop delivered in partnership with Liberating Structures London.
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 this two-day immersion 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.
- Gain hands-on experience of at least half 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
This workshop will now be delivered remotely via Zoom.
We suggest a headset with microphone and speakers, and a quiet place to call from with a decent internet connection. A webcam is also suggested so you can participate fully in the session.
All learners will need to install Zoom on their machines. Full technical requirements are on the Zoom website.
Learners should log into the training session 10 minutes before the start time, to ensure that they have downloaded and set up Zoom correctly. The course will start precisely on time and it may not be possible to go back over material missed by late arrivals.
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
About Liberating Structures
The origins of Liberating Structures are described by co-developers--Henri Lipmanowicz and Keith McCandless.
Lorraine Palmier28 days ago
Very informative training day - trainer was excellent as she got the whole group involved - and made it a fun day.
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.
What's it like to learn with Happy?
We offer complete individual involvement and participation on all of our workshops. In this video, Nicky delivers a short session about the different Communication Styles, and how they affect the way you work with and manage others.
The Small Print
Each day of 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.
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 email@example.com.
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 also offers a one-day introductory workshop in Liberating Structures, which is perfect if you have never used Liberating Structures before.
Introduction to Liberating Structures to get familiar with the underlying principles of Liberating Structures and explore a selection of methods. Find out more
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