$450

Liberating Structures Immersion Workshop

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NYC Outward Bound

29-46 Northern Boulevard

Long Island City, NY 11101

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In this two day immersive learning experience, we will explore a range of alternate options for organizing interactions at the individual, small group, and large group scales. The primary content focus will be on advancing your own projects, activities, and relationships - so come prepared to roll up your sleeves. Throughout the workshop we will rigorously examine the underlying micrologic of each interaction and how those organizing elements shaped the results that were generated.

Questions can be directed to Fisher Qua (fisher@back-loop.com) or 206.734.7385. If you need reduced fees in order to participate, please contact him directly to work something out.

What you can expect:

  • To gain enough familiarity with 15-20 different Liberating Structures and other simple social technologies that you can start to use & creatively adapt them immediately (and imaginatively) for your own purposes

  • To begin noticing the underlying micro-structure of human interactions and how simple variations in the arrangement of those elements can deliver different results

  • To catch a glimpse of what might be possible when Liberating Structures and similar approaches are used regularly and reliably to organize interactions

  • To develop connections with dynamic people

  • To have fun while also facing down the serious complexities involved when working with groups of any type

Important things to consider when thinking about whether to register:

  • Lunch will be on your own (or with inventive new colleagues you might discover at the workshop itself). We will have coffee and light refreshments (fruit) on hand.

  • The workshop location is at the NYC Outward Bound School & Headquarters. The site is actively used for trip preparation and gear storage, so expect an informal atmosphere.

  • We will be moving fast during the workshop. All materials will be provided afterwards - so don't feel like you must capture everything in the moment.

  • We are committed to your longterm development and practice with the structures, so please know we'll be thoroughly available to you after the workshop if you want to follow-up on anything.

Some ways of describing Liberating Structures:

  • Simple social technologies that try to distribute participation more widely while drawing out greater difference and variation within groups

  • Familiar facilitation approaches that have been specified & ordered in a particular way

  • Novel patterns for organizing people to collaborate and mutually shape their work together

  • Tiny methods that make it possible to productively engage and benefit from complexity instead of flattening, ignoring, and pushing it away

What we've seen LS making possible:

  • Teachers and educators sharing more freedom & responsibility in classroom to shape learning in partnership with one another

  • Individuals gaining a different view of themselves and the inherited habits/behaviors/practices that prevent fresh approaches to their work

  • Business and personal partners developing more capability to face down uncertainty with greater ease, imagination, and confidence

  • Scientists and research engineers finding ways to synthesize and integrate the key insights from their deep domain expertise in order to generate novel ways of making progress on entangled problems (like climate modeling)

  • Conference participants discovering longer term connections and ideas that endure over time

  • Leadership teams becoming more cohesive and able to tap into the collective intelligence of their people in a way that generates better than expected results

  • Product & innovation groups finding ways to strengthen their portfolios and act with greater strategic and tactical agility

More on Liberating Structures here. LS are made available through a Creative Commons License by Keith McCandless & Henri Lipmanowicz:


Images by Keith McCandless, Tracy Kelly, and Fisher Qua

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