Monthly Community of Practice for Facilitators

Monthly Community of Practice for Facilitators

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Free

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Online event

Join us as we learn & try out Liberating Structures facilitation. New hands-on demonstrations each month! Plus regular guest facilitators.

About this event

About Liberating Structures

We're the Liberating Structures community of practice in the Washington, DC area, which also includes Virginia and Maryland. However, in an online world, we're open to anyone in the world. Liberating Structures are easy-to-learn facilitation microstructures that enhance coordination and trust in groups and quickly foster lively participation. We meet monthly to learn new techniques, try them out, and experiment with new ideas around group facilitation.

Most events are free to attend. You don't need to have experience in facilitation or using Liberating Structures. And you don't need to be in the Washington, DC area. This practice group is hands on, uses active learning, and is designed to be appropriate for beginners and veterans. Don't worry if you're new or don't know anyone in the group yet -- you will :-) Friends and colleagues are welcome.

Monthly Meet-ups

We generally meet on the second Wednesday evening of the month.

-- October 12, 2022 6:00-7:30 PM ET --

Liberating Structures: A Practice-in-Development

In this session we will explore the speculative origins and nonlinear ways that new Liberating Structures get developed ... with all the twists, turns, and paradoxical complexities involved. We (might) look specifically at Abundant Greetings/Departures, Strategy Knotworking, Myth Turning, and Mad Tea Party/Wild Tea/Chatterfall and the specific ways each evolved.

- Guest Facilitators -

Anna Jackson and Fisher Qua have each been working with Liberating Structures since 2010. Individually, they each have worked in community-based health, philanthropic, and education contexts, which is where they first learned and applied LS. Together, they have contributed to the growth of the global LS community by organizing a range of formal and informal network activities, including the first LS Global Gathering in 2019. In addition to regularly co-leading immersion workshops alongside local design ensembles and hosting free virtual learning sessions that anyone can attend, they have a deep commitment to continuously renewing, growing, developing, and supporting the vibrant and dynamic global community and the LS repertoire.

Etiquette and Preparation

  • Join us on a laptop or desktop, not devices with small screens, i.e., phones or tablets. It makes the experience better for you and everyone else.
  • Arrive before 6:00pm (US Eastern). We'll open the room at 5:55pm. (Check your time zone.)
  • Most of our online sessions are run on Zoom. Download and use the Zoom (desktop) app.
  • Plan to use your mic and camera. You'll be part of an interactive event, not a passive presentation. Use your computer's audio.
  • Have a few pieces of paper and a pen handy.
  • Having earphones/buds can reduce ambient sound and improve the experience.

Contact

We're a volunteer community of practice in the Washington, DC area. We send out a newsletter once or twice per month with updates on our future meetings. You can find more information via: