Liberating Structures Immersion Workshop

Liberating Structures  are a collection of powerful facilitation strategies that can be used in classrooms, everyday meetings, strategic planning sessions, workshops, presentations, etc.  They are fun methods that will engage everyone and will help even novices become expert contributors in any innovation effort.

Liberating Structures will help you shift everyday habits and interaction patterns in a way that the vast majority is included in shaping the direction.  It will move us away from more constraining conventional structures (e.g., lectures, open discussions, round robin updates, brainstorms) toward sessions that foster lively participation in groups of any size.  Everyone will be included, unleashed and will move toward a new way of thinking!

In the workshop, you will learn how to choose, facilitate, and sequence Liberating Structures for your individual needs and contexts.

Here are some examples of applying liberating structures to challenges in higher education:

Who should attend?

All of us who are called to facilitate meetings, sessions, groups, presentations, workshops, processes, communication and change.  Leaders who want to responsibly let go and get better than expected results! 


Tuesday and Wednesday Schedule

8:00 AM Check-In and continental Breakfast
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM Workshop
5:30 PM Dinner at a downtown Lafayette restaurant (Optional)

Thursday Schedule

8:00 AM Check-In and continental Breakfast
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM Workshop
  Return home Liberated!


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. You can find out more about Keith and his extensive experience leading learning and change in Health, Education, Business, Government and more in his bio and by reviewing his client list.

Keith McCandless


Concurrent Track Workshop for Experienced LS Leaders!

Are you an experienced LS user who wants to organize your own immersion workshops and start coaching? Join in this workshop within a workshop, “Concurrent Track for Experienced LS Leaders.” You will learn how to design a powerful experience for novices in higher education or any domain. This includes logistics, convening a design team, co-creating LS invitations, facilitating the workshop, a dip into complexity science foundations, and launching an ongoing user group post-conference.

Register for Concurrent Track Workshoop
(LS Experience Required)

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