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The magic power of Liberating Structures – a look beyond the toolbox into the principles

When I am invited to explain what Liberating Structures is I always say it is a toolbox and more than that.  It is an approach, a mindset, a philosophy, a way of thinking, collaborating, being and leading.   Recently, I... Continue Reading →

My favourite magic online tool: a talking piece

Next to paper and pen, my favourite online tool is a talking piece. I love using it in online conversations. It is magic. It creates ease. Sometimes silence. Certainly listening. Everyone grabs an object that serves as talking piece. The... Continue Reading →

Bringing a workshop online = Bringing a process online

When planning an online workshop do you think ‘event’, or do you think ‘process’? How has the collaborative online experience over the past weeks and months under the Covid-19 restrictions influenced your workshop planning? Have you tried to bring your... Continue Reading →

HARDware, SOFTware, HUMANware – Our focus – our strength – our creativity

Corinne and I were reflecting on the amazing online meeting boost over the last months. This experience triggered lots of learning on our side. What stands out for both of us is the human and creative side of bringing workshops... Continue Reading →

Create real value for all in your online meetings: discover the magic of peer consultation

Are you tired of the unproductive weekly online team meetings? Are you not getting the opportunity to discuss the real issues you would love to get feedback and advice on so that you can progress with your work? Are you... Continue Reading →

Facilitation and leadership online – some switches we need to make

The fabulous KM4dev community celebrated its 20th anniversary last Friday with a series of online workshops. Together with three others online practitioners, I was invited by Peter Ballantyne for a snappy five minutes input on Online Facilitation and Leadership to... Continue Reading →

1-2-4-ALL (or TYPE), this basic Liberating Structure is a game changer in bringing interaction online

In my earlier blog posts The power of the little liberating structure 1-2-4-all, I wrote 1-2-4-all is not the ‘big thing’. But it is easy, and the effect can be big. In times of intensified virtual meetings and workshops this ‘big... Continue Reading →

Conversation Cafe for thinking together aloud online

The Conversation Cafe is a wonderful Liberating Structure that works perfectly fine online. It is an inclusive approach giving voice to everyone by using a talking object and following a pattern of talking in turns. This creates a relaxed atmosphere... Continue Reading →

Inviting people into a virtual meeting space: What will they smell? Will it be low tide or high tide?

There are different kind of online meetings and each meeting also has a different characteristic trait. It can be very formal or more informal. Some are transactional others reflective, conversational, experimental, inspirational or playful. Characterising a meeting can be helpful... Continue Reading →

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