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Liberating Structures are more than a toolbox – they are a “disruptive ride” from a centralized pattern to a distributed one

As part of our preparation for the Liberating Structures Learning Festival in The Hague this October, the design team is writing brief responses to the following three questions. This blog post is the 3rd in a series of four (see Qua... Continue Reading →

Creativity is a choice – an after reflection

Creativity A big word Often used and misunderstood Scary for some We all have the capacity To get out of our boxes Into the world Vast – colorful – full of wonders If we dare to be playful Let go... Continue Reading →

What have Liberating Structures and Improv Theater in common?

I am doing Theatresports since last summer, a wonderful ‘facilitation training’ that made me understand and practice my ability to accept offers playfully and to approach challenging facilitation situations more curiously. Theatersports is a team based form of improvisational theatre. As... Continue Reading →

An after reflection: Lines and circles

Cathy Salit’s book ‘Performance Breakthrough’ inspired this after reflection. One of the fabulous exercises she offers in her book is a creative challenge called “create with crap”. Create with Crap Exercise The next time somebody says or does something that... Continue Reading →

Feeling naked without a facilitation toolbox

After a conversation with someone who was joining one of my facilitation trainings, I realized that I was too radical in my approach to invite people to do some groundwork before playing with tools. I understood that this person felt naked without... Continue Reading →

An after reflection of an unhurried conversation about being present in collaboration

In our last Serendipity Circle we had another inspiring unhurried conversation. This picture was our starting point. It triggered a lovely reflection about showing up in the woods and being present in workshop rooms. What has our attention when we... Continue Reading →

Define conversation spaces and shift the focus from content to purpose, people and process

How do you design a workshop that is flowing naturally and invites for collaboration, conversation and learning? After an experience with a network gathering that I am supporting and facilitating, I would say start with defining conversation spaces. In my... Continue Reading →

Facilitation – it is all about tools, isn’t it?

People who are stepping for the first time into the role of the facilitator are keen to have a toolbox. They see the facilitator as magician pulling the right method at the right moment. Sure, a toolbox is handy; though... Continue Reading →

Liberating Structures – what’s that?

Liberating Structures is a funny term. At least that is the reaction I get when I am telling about my Liberating Structures workshops. It seems that the term is not easily accessible outside of the Liberating Structures community. I often... Continue Reading →

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