Liberating Structures is a framework created by Henri Lipmanowicz and Keith McCandless, intended to provide simple rules that make it easy to include and unleash everyone in shaping your future.
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.
Conventional microstructures are limited in the number of participants and the control is isolated to one individual or a select few. As a result, these conventional structures routinely work together to stifle inclusion and engagement. Liberating Structures provides more effective alternatives to our conventional structures by including everybody regardless of group size and distributing the control of content among all participants.
Let our expert facilitators lead you through a Liberating Structures workshop. You’ll change your organization by liberating the participation and playfulness within your meetings.
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.
Who Should Attend
Design Thinking Facilitators
Anybody Who Leads Meetings
Deep Work Session 1
Liberating Structures Principles
Deep Work Session 2
Leading With Purpose and Space
Deep Work Session 3
Leveraging the LS Match Maker for Workshop Design
Deep Work Session 4
Mastering Large Virtual Meetings
Never Start Without a Clear Purpose(s)
Include and Unleash Everyone
Build Trust As You Go
Practice Self-Discovery Within a Group
Amplify Freedom AND Responsibility
Engage In Seriously-Playful Curiosity
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Douglas Ferguson is an entrepreneur and human-centered technologist with over 20 years of experience. He is Founder and President of Voltage Control, an Austin-based facilitation agency that specializes in helping teams work better together through participatory decision making and design inspired facilitation techniques. He has helped transform teams from U.S. SOCOM, the Air Force, Adobe, Dropbox, Fidelity, Vrbo, Liberty Mutual, Humana, and SAIC.
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.
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