Liberating Structures Foundations
Unleash creativity in your meetings through maximum participation
The framework consists of a collection of 33 structures or methods that introduce tiny shifts in the protocols of how we meet, plan, decide, learn, and relate to each other. They put the innovative power once reserved for experts only, into the hands of everyone.
Most organizations rely on what Henri and Keith refer to as conventional microstructures. These microstructures are structures we default to when meeting and organizing into groups. Examples of conventional microstructures include open discussion, brainstorm, status reports, managed discussion, and presentations. Every time you are having a conversation or a meeting you are using microstructures.
What to expect
What to Expect
Facilitating effective outcomes is hard enough with small groups. In large groups, it requires special methods and skills. How do we distribute control and involve everyone in the shaping of the future? In this workshop, you will learn the principles behind why Liberating Structures work and experience specific structures that will allow you to tap into the room intelligence no matter how large the team. And, as an extra bonus, you’ll also learn how to do this virtually.
What You'll Learn
You learn the 12 principles of Liberating Structures, the 34 structures, and the design process followed by Liberating Structures expert to unleash and empower large diverse groups. Finally, you’ll add some serious tools to your toolkit. Through direct experience running 2 of the 34 you’ll walk away with the confidence to implement them immediately in your work.
How You'll Learn
The class will be activity-based with facilitation simulations and collaborative sessions. You’ll not only learn the concepts and principles, the why and how of the 34 liberating structures, you’ll also get to practice some of the methods in a safe space. We won’t just talk at you ; you’ll learn through doing, work with other participants, and get feedback. There will be plenty of time for Q&A, so you can learn from our experience running hundreds of workshops at some of the world’s largest enterprises.
Liberating Structures Principles
Leading with Purpose and Space
Leveraging the LS Match Maker for Workshop Design
Mastering Virtual Meetings
Who Should Attend
Who want to hone their virtual facilitation craft.
Seeking to improve virtual planning, grooming, and retro sessions.
Looking to add new tools and concepts to your virtual tool belt.
Design Thinking Facilitators
Coming to the realization that facilitated leadership in the virtual landscape is the future.
Never Start Without a Clear Purpose(s)
Include and Unleash Everyone
Build Trust as You go
Practice Self-discovery within a Group
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Douglas is a thought leader and master facilitator of Design Sprints, Innovation Workshops, Team Alignment Workshops, Transformations, Meeting Systems, and Culture Workshops. He is also the author of three books: Beyond the Prototype, How to Remix Anything (co-authored), and Start Within (co-authored).
Motivated by a mission to rid the world of horrible meetings and offer meaningful meetings in their place, Voltage Control is calling upon fellow facilitators to transform meeting and innovation culture. From free weekly community meetups to Control the Room–the annual facilitator summit, Voltage Control is building a community of facilitators to change the world.
What People Are Saying
"Anyone that can construct a sequence of conversations to lead others is a metaskill. Anyone who participates in meetings or owns an agenda would benefit from this. It is a whirlwind, but you are among others who are in charge of making an impact. This is a practical, hands-on deep dive for managers, entrepreneurs, and leaders who can change their culture by leading meetings like a pro."
"There are many choices for workshops, but in my mind there are very few who get it right. Douglas Ferguson and Voltage Control get it. If you are looking to learn a topic for the first time or level up your own skills or that of your team, then the virtual workshops offered by Voltage Control are a great option. Thanks to the workshops, we are now confidently moving beyond design thinking and regularly pushing prototypes into production."
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A key part of our mission is to support diverse facilitators from different methodologies, backgrounds, races, genders, sexual orientations, cultures, and ages. If you are a part of, or serve, a traditionally underrepresented group and feel that this scholarship would allow you to amplify this mission, please apply now.
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