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The Plexus Institute Liberating Structures (LS) Workshop
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Create innovative solutions for your complex challenges

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Complex challenges require adaptive actions. Leaders, management, and the frontline will learn:

  • People want to be part of the solution to the challenges they face.
  • Our current methods for interacting with each other stifle the innovative thinking and relationship building that enables complex systems to learn and improve.
  • LS are ways to create the conditions when we work together to look at challenges through different lenses, tap into diverse perspectives, and generate surprisingly effective solutions that are owned by the people implementing them.

How to start?

  • Identify a significant reason for convening a group of diverse stakeholders. Examples could be a challenge being faced, a new initiative being implemented, or a strategic planning session.
  • Identify 2-3 leaders who will work with Plexus Institute to design co-create the workshop, choosing the LS that will be experienced and the framing questions that will link the LS with the workshop’s purpose.
  • Invite the diverse group of stakeholders that need to be involved.
  • Identify an open-space facility that will permit groups to work in groups of 2-8 easily, as well as enabling movement.

What happens? A facilitated 1/2- 2-day workshop where people acquire adaptive skills and develop purposeful actions.

  • 4-12 LS are experienced, all applied to the purpose that brought the people together.
  • New skills are acquired that can be applied to any complex challenge, as soon as the day after the workshop.
  • Real work in creatively dealing with the issue linking the participants takes place, as actions are identified that will be carried out by those in the room.
  • Serious fun happens as people relate to each other, innovative problem solving occurs, and surprising discoveries take place.
  • Post-workshop facilitation to support new LS users as they immediately apply what they’ve learned with their own workgroups (1-3 days).
  • Workshops may be held every 2-3 months until the full set of LS (33 as of May 2013) are experienced and learned.

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