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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 →

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 →

Facilitation for inspiration, a personal after reflection

Inspiring people In learning processes To see options and possibilities To explore, discover and notice My ambition   Framing the space Protected from daily business Including every voice Inviting everyone to look beyond one’s own nose My work   Inviting... Continue Reading →

The little word liberating in Liberating Structures

Liberated : energy, creativity and purpose, being alive, engaged and committed The little word ‘liberating’ in Liberating Structures intrigues me. I see the potential for ‘liberation’, especially in the context of organizational learning, collaboration and meeting culture. In many of our... Continue Reading →

Activating many brains – a personal after reflection

Starting a learning event with a series of input and speeches is no Big Bang It is talking over the heads of many By a few It is a statement about who is knowledgeable It is the message ‘we have... Continue Reading →

The power of the little liberating structure 1-2-4-all

I love the basic mini structure of 1-2-4-all because it is liberating. It is true, 1-2-4-all is not the ‘big thing’. But it is easy, and the effect can be big. Every voice counts First, 1-2-4-all is the message that... Continue Reading →

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