Two cohorts of the Liberating Structures Studio just started and will be running November 2020 - early January 2021.


Please register your interest below to be kept in the loop of future course dates!

When you feel included and engaged, do you do better work? Do you believe that when people work well together they produce much better results? Have you noticed the best ideas often come from unexpected sources? Do you want to work at the top of your intelligence and give the same opportunity to others?


If YES, Liberating Structures are powerful tools to make it happen. Liberating Structures are easy-to-learn meeting structures, facilitation methods and ways of working together that enhance relationships, build trust and surface otherwise untapped ideas. They quickly foster lively participation in groups of any size, making it possible to truly include and unleash everyone. Liberating Structures offer disruptive innovation that can replace more traditional controlling and constraining approaches, and most are simple and scalable from small to huge (300+) groups, in-person and online.


Online? Yes, online. If you are experiencing “Zoom fatigue” and are looking for ways to generate deeper connection and engagement from participants and peers in your meetings, workshops, seminars, conferences, etc. then experiencing and practicing Liberating Structures is essential.

Workshop Details

The Liberating Structures Studio is designed to introduce you to a large number of Liberating Structures over the span of multiple sessions. The idea is to create awareness of the range of possibilities that Liberating Structures open up and to create a more persistent learning, practice and experimentation space for participants. Also, covering a wide variety of structures underscores the idea that there is no single way to address complex challenges through collaborative group work.


Learning to use Liberating Structures is like learning a new language. First you learn individual words. Then you put them together into a simple sentence. And soon enough, you are speaking a series of sentences in the new language!


The LS studio will give you:

  • Hands-on experience of most of the 33+ Liberating Structures repertoire, as well as new Liberating Structures in development.
  • Understanding the underlying micro-structural elements of Liberating Structures.
  • First-hand field stories of practical applications of Liberating Structures across different sectors.
  • Collaborative, global cohort of fellow practitioners and learners at various levels of expertise.
  • Learn how to design interventions and workshops by combining Liberating Structures into “strings” that produce different rhythms, outcomes, and affects for participants depending on their sequencing and “punctuation”.
  • Explore how to apply Liberating Structures in your own life and work at both small and large scales.
  • Learn and practice how to effectively apply Liberating Structures in video conferences and virtual meetings.


What will it be like?

  • To provide the opportunity for global participation, there will be 2 sessions at different times of day. 
  • Most sessions will be 2 hours, some flex. 
  • We will begin each session with check-ins and some fun before diving into our work together.
  • During each session, we’ll "learn by doing", experiencing the surprising richness of Liberating Structures in a virtual setting. Most of this will be fully participatory, working in virtual breakout groups of pairs and other group configurations!
  • The Studio will create both a learning and reflective practice for participants during and between sessions: fostering the conditions for participants to build trust and potential groups/configurations that build on the work together outside of training days and beyond the Studio itself.
  • Rather than a short intensive, the longer arc of the Studio will provide more capacity building opportunities--student-led initiatives, practice, collaborative work, etc.
  • We’ll provide you with a digital workbook that we will use throughout--individually and collaboratively.
  • Annnnnd the best part about this being virtual: you get to bring your own fresh cup of homemade coffee (or tea) :)


To learn more about Liberating Structures, you can read this introductory blog or visit the Liberating Structures website. To hear more of our thoughts behind the idea of the "Studio" read this medium article by Stefan.

Your Hosts

Susan Basterfield

Susan is a catalyst and convener, helping individuals and organisations release potential through participatory organising. She believes that awareness and discernment can unblock drains and move mountains. She is a Foundation Director of Enspiral and has co-authored two books: Reinventing Scaleups and Better Work Together and soon to be released Lead Together.

Stefan Morales


An open-hearted iconoclast, Stefan is the co-founder of INCOMMON professional services cooperative, and founder and principal of Working Together consulting which specializes in organizational development, social design, digital facilitation, public engagement and strategic communication. A modern homesteader, he loves working together with clients and collaborators to liberate creativity, build momentum, and scale impact towards genuine change.

The Studio has just started again.

Register your interest to be informed about future course dates!


Price:

€350

for 8 sessions

Here's what past students have to say:


"I'm walking away with amazing strategies for engaging communities online, practices that will give every person a voice, and a global network of people who continue to be curious about what more is possible." - Mary Beth Lepkowsky


"I appreciated the approach to LS as a practice to develop, and the structure of the Studio as a way to learn something complex like holding space." - Tomomi Sasaki


"This studio was the perfect introduction into LS! The setup made for a very special experience in which everybody could get exactly out of it what they needed." - Ben Visser


“What I experienced was so powerful and so amazingly done. My gosh it is astonishing what we can do as humans with a proper use of technology! I'm myself in the middle of a big shift and yes, definitely this cohort helped me to make another step toward my purpose. Really, really a great way to learn, interact, and meet interesting people and stay engaged. Really well done!” - Massimo Lavelli


“I really enjoyed the 'learn and practice together' format of the LS Studio, and I got a lot of value from working with people from different countries and different professional backgrounds. It's been a great experience, I'd recommend it for anyone, experienced with LS or just getting started.” - Mark Russell


“The LS Studio was very beneficial! Thank you Susan and Stefan for your dedication and commitment. You created an environment where everyone was ready to share and learn. You were also very creative in finding virtual ways to reproduce the face-to-face experience. Not an easy challenge, but you did it! I personally learned a lot and feel more at ease with LS when facilitating.” - Hadia Himmat


“Susan and Stefan are a wonderful duo--gracefully bouncing off of one another, and modeling true collaborative facilitation and healthy colleagueship! Learning from their facilitation style was an unexpected yet major value-add for me. I can't wait to continue learning with and from them.” - Stephanie Sousloff


“It was such a great experience that I could actually experience LS string together with other participants who were very keen to learn. I feel grateful that I learned from Susan and Stefan. As I was new to facilitation, I appreciated that their facilitation was always comfortable and fun that I really felt the value of LS.” - Michi Migita


“Susan and Stefan really embodied the spirit around LS. The time I spent in the course was always something I looked forward to and could have spent more time with. Even with the variety of needs in the studio, I believe I (and others) walked away with many learnings, new tools and connections.” - Frances Tee


“For someone like me who didn't know much about Liberating structures, the LS studio acts as an excellent introduction. Susan and Stefan are seasoned facilitators who have carefully designed this learning experience. Never have I looked forward to 6 am meetings more.” - Zainab Kakal


“Taking the LS Studio workshop with Stefan and Susan was a great learning experience in many senses! Besides having the opportunity to learn the LS by doing with a super diverse group, I also experienced several facilitation moves and tools that strengthened my virtual facilitation skills. I would also like to highlight the kind, empathic and professional way that both Susan and Stefan led the group through active listening, fun and rigour. Don't hesitate, this course is a must for your utility belt!” - Reinaldo Campos

If you live in a place which allows you to attend both weekly sessions, you are more than welcome to come and repeat the session. Please still pick your preferred time for purchase, and then email us and we can set you up with both calendar invites.



If you are a business and would you like to enroll multiple participants, contact us for VAT invoices, group discounts, and inquiries for in-house courses.





Looking for a virtual facilitator?

We have a large pool of experienced virtual facilitators from +15 countries who can help you design and run your online meetings. We have experience with meetings of all types, sizes, cultures and languages.

If you're interested, get in touch.