This workshop is presented by Seton Healthcare Family and Alpinista Consulting.
Liberating Structures Immersion Workshop
Austin, Texas at Seton Administrative Offices
Liberating Structures Primer | October 29 + 30, 2018
9:00 am to 5:00 pm both days. Coffee, tea, and lunch will be provided each day.
Registration fees vary by group size and ticket type. Please see details in registration.
Contact the organizer to learn about group rates and scholarships.
Liberating Structures Gym | October 31, 2018
9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Coffee, tea, and lunch will be provided.
Registration fee is pay-what-you-wish, at the door (suggested: $15-30). Lunch and supplies will be provided. *Please make sure to RSVP so you are included in catering and supplies!*
Liberating Structures seriously and playfully disrupt conventional patterns in how we work together. An ever-evolving repertoire of methods makes it possible to immediately include, engage, and unleash everyone. In this workshop, participants will immerse themselves in learning 18+ of the most versatile Liberating Structures and explore how we can work together to make progress on our most entangled and complex challenges.
During the first two days of the workshop, the Liberating Structures Primer, you can experience individual methods, notice how each was designed, and then immediately look for opportunities to apply them in your own settings. We'll take a dip into the complexity science roots of LS and a dive into the micro-organizing logic that gives all the methods a similar pattern. You will hear stories of how people are applying Liberating Structures in a variety of settings, and get experience stringing methods to meet your own purpose. More experienced Liberating Structures users will have opportunities to deepen and broaden their practice. Immersion workshops are great for unconventional networking, serious play, and skill building for anyone in a formal or informal leadership position.
On the third day, we’ll come together for a Liberating Structures Gym! This will be a time for consultation, practice, and experimentation. You’ll have the opportunity to test out new ideas, receive individual or group coaching from workshop leaders, and engage in collaborative design work. You may also focus on building visual facilitation skills, with access to lots of supplies and space for recording. Liberating Structures Gym is perfect for you if you’d like more time with the LS community, help designing and preparing for an upcoming event, or just additional exposure to structures in the participant role. There will be “stations” and light structure for making the best use of our time, but this day will be predominantly self-organized. Therefore, folks are encouraged to show up with big ideas and a readiness to jump in!
Anna Jackson, MSSW, specializes in strategy development, capacity building, person-centered approaches, and participatory approaches to leading change. Liberating Structures (LS) are central to Alpinista's offerings, and Anna regularly teaches public and private workshops on the repertoire, helping organizations integrate the methods and imagine new possibilities for their work by using LS.
"Anna is taking Liberating Structures to a new level, skillfully launching LS in organizations of all stripes. She is a fabulous guide to the entire LS repertoire." - Keith McCandless, co-author, The Surprising Power of Liberating Structures
Amanda Bowman, LCSW, does organizational change work with public mental health organizations across Texas. As the Recovery Institute Manager at Via Hope, she routinely uses Liberating Structures both in her internal leadership role and facilitation of program activities. With over a decade of experience in direct clinical and administrative leadership work, she has seen the power of collaborative, person-centered methods both as a way of working with clients/staff and as the desired outcome of the work itself.