Liberating Structures are a collection of powerful facilitation strategies that can be used in our classrooms, everyday meetings, strategic planning sessions, workshops, presentations, etc. They are seriously fun methods to engage and work together.
Liberating Structures are small design shifts that move us gently away from more constraining “conventional structures” (e.g., lectures, open discussions, round robin updates, brainstorms) and toward sessions that quickly foster lively participation in groups of any size, making it possible to unleash and include everyone.
In the workshop, you will learn how to choose, facilitate, and sequence Liberating Structures for your individual facilitation challenges and contexts.
Here are some examples of applying liberating structures to challenges in higher education:
- Designing engaging meetings and classes – online and face-to-face – with productive endpoints in mind (Min Specs, Design Storyboard, Purpose To Practice)
- Amplifying both love of learning and practical skill development (Wicked Questions, 25/10 Crowdsourcing)
- Working productively with difference, not sweeping it under the rug (Conversation Cafe, 15% Solutions, What/So What/Now What?)
- Creating an inclusive culture within a very diverse campus (TRIZ, Discovery and Action Dialogue, Appreciative Interview, Ecocycle)
- Shaping next steps together with faculty, staff, student, administration fully engaged (Discovery and Action Dialogue, Ecocycle, P2P)
- Preparing for operating in a future in which public funding is decreasing and serious competition is increasing (Critical Uncertainties)
Who should attend?
Faculty, Instructors, Teachers, Learning Designers, Leaders – all of us who are called to facilitate learning, meetings, sessions, groups, presentations, workshops, processes, communication and change.
We intend to focus on higher education contexts, but colleagues from other sectors (e.g., government, health care, private) are welcome and will benefit!
Keith McCandless is the Co-Founder of Liberating Structures and will be leading the facilitation at this workshop.
Born in Cincinnati Ohio, he holds a 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 Annie and Deacon the whippet with talent to amuse.
Liberating Structures Workshop
Feb 17 – 19, 2016 (2.5 days – Wed, Thu & Fri morning – see schedule)
Location: UBC Vancouver – Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, Jack Poole Hall (map)
- $600 CAD per person (after Dec. 1)
- Includes 2.5 days of active learning, meals, refreshments, a copy of the Liberating Structures book and design cards to keep.
Registration: We are currently SOLD OUT, the wait list is currently quite long and not moving
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