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Criticism and cures of collaboration or we have the choice how we collaborate

“Collaboration is stuck in old models and patterns of control.” That was one of the provocative statement Nancy White, Ewen Le Borgne and myself took as starting point for our Zoom discussion about criticism and cures of collaboration. Our discussion... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

People first, movement and joint inquiry – an after reflection from the Liberating Structures social immersion workshop in The Hague

In December 2018, I was co-facilitating a Liberating Structures social immersion workshop jointly with Anna Jackson, Qua Fisher, Ewen Le Borgne and Cristina Temmink in The Hague. Our workshop was one in a whole series of the Eurotour Anna and Fisher undertook... Continue Reading →

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