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Liberating Structures

Every voice counts

The more people participate in a discourse, the greater the risk that individual voices will be drowned out, or will not even get to speak in the first place. Unilateral presentations, open discussions and brainstorming actually promote this problem: they are often too loosely or poorly organised to exploit the full potential of the participants.

But what if there were a way to involve everyone equally in the proceedings? This would not only bring to light new perspectives and ideas, but would also raise the group's sense of community to a whole new level.

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What are liberating structures?

Liberating Structures are an alternative way of shaping cooperation. More specifically, they are a variety of methods that aim to promote people's relationships, coordination and trust among themselves. They create the right framework for mastering challenges in a structured way together.

I use Liberating Structures in my workshops as they allow me to involve all participants. Whether quiet as a mouse or a hogger of the limelight, everyone is an indispensable link in the chain and contributes to problem-solving.

A few examples

Efficient practices

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Wicked Questions

Paradoxical challenges the group has to tackle

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Heard, Seen, Respected

Practising more profound listening and empathy

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Improv Prototyping

Developing effective solutions to problems through improvisation

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Drawing Together

Opening up new paths and perspectives through nonverbal communication

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Helping Heuristics

Helping others to get help and learning to ask for help

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Conversation Café

Working together to extrapolate the meaning of a profound challenge