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DC Fractal Workshop - Leading and Innovating with Liberating Structures
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When: Friday, May 11
Where: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, Conference Room A
4805 Edgemoor Lane - 2nd Floor
Bethesda, Maryland  20814
United States
Contact: Lisa Kimball

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Update 5/16/2012: Workshop documents (pdf)

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Leading and Innovating with Liberating Structures

To lead is to engage others in shaping action, making decisions, and generating innovative results together. The big five conventional approaches that change leaders use all the time are presentations, managed discussions, status reports, decision briefings and open discussions. However, these approaches to working together are not well designed to include, unleash, or engage people.

Dozens of adaptable Liberating Structures (LS) make it quick and simple for groups of people of any size to radically change how they interact and work together. In contrast to the big five, LS are designed to include and unleash everyone in shaping their future. LS can replace or complement conventional patterns. LS boost freedom AND responsibility while sparking more innovation.

In this roll-up-your-sleeves practical workshop, you will have an opportunity to learn and immediately apply LS to your own innovation or a challenge at hand. Mini case-studies from business, NGOs, government, and healthcare will be woven into the workshop. Over the course of the afternoon, you will learn and immediately practice 5-7 Liberating Structures. Each participant will be invited to create a design storyboard, detailing action steps to address their challenge. Expect serious playfulness.

Keith McCandless will join Lisa Kimball to facilitate the workshop. Keith is principal of the Social Invention Group, and is a highly regarded consultant with expertise in strategic planning, leadership, and organizational development. A former Board member of Plexus Institute, Keith has participated in Plexus’ innovative work in health care and has introduced Liberating Structures to many organizations. Lisa is President of Plexus Institute and has more than 30 years of experience as a facilitator and consultant introducing Liberating Structures to organizations in government, the private sector and communities.

After the workshop, please join us for a ‘dutch treat’ supper in the neighborhood.

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