Update 5/16/2012: Workshop documents (pdf)
Workshop Storyboard Handout
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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
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
After the workshop, please join us for a ‘dutch treat’
supper in the neighborhood.