The Surprising Power Of Liberating Structures

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Not Just A Book -- The website linked above is an interactive manual that offers hyperlinks to study the interrelated participatory elements named and described in the BOOK

*Liberating Structures Alphabetical List On Wikidelphia

Including And Unleashing Everyone

Conventional structures are either too inhibiting (presentations, status reports and managed discussions) or too loose and disorganized (open discussions and brainstorms) to creatively engage people in shaping their own future. They frequently generate feelings of frustration and/or exclusion and fail to provide space for good ideas to emerge and germinate. This means that huge amounts of time and money are spent working the wrong way. More time and money are then spent trying to fix the unintended consequences.


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  • Liberating Structures List On Wikidelphia
    • If you are new to LS, we recommend that you start practicing with the simplest (e.g., 1-2-4-All, Impromptu Networking), starting from the top left and moving to the most intricate at the bottom right (Panarchy, Purpose-To-Practice). The more intricate methods use many of the simpler LS as building blocks. Read Microstructures & Design Elements to learn more about how they work.
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