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Keith McCandless + Fisher Qua

Keith McCandless:

Co-founder of the Social Invention Group; Co-developer of Liberating Structures, Co-author “The Surprising Power of Liberating Structures – Simple Rules to Unleash a Culture of Innovation” (2014). Former Plexus Institute board member and scientific advisor.

I help people in organizations innovate and manage complexity by working with groups to unleash creativity, discover opportunities, and build on momentum. I am a founding partner of the Social Invention Group since 2000, and my eclectic skills are grounded in organization development, complexity science, business strategy, and graphic facilitation—all with an improvisational twist.

Born in Cincinnati Ohio, I hold Masters in Management of Human Services from Brandeis University in Boston and a BA from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. Keith lives in Seattle with his wife, Anne, and Deacon, a whippet with talent to amuse.

Fisher Qua:

Practitioner, Back Loop Consulting

  • Eclectic background in history, modern dance, athletics, community farming, and nonprofit/higher education administration and management
  • Previously led innovation initiatives at the Washington Health Foundation
  • Currently works with organization’s of all stripes from community-based neighborhood initiatives to technology startups to the State of WA and other large scale enterprises
  • BA from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, (almost) an MA in Higher Education Administration from the University of Michigan and an M.Ed. in Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership from the University of Washington


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