We are continuing our study group on Liberating Structures (LS) — an open source toolkit of 33 simple processes that anyone can learn. They foster lively participation in groups of any size, and make it easy to include and unleash everyone in shaping a decision. We want to use this meetup time over the coming months to explore, reflect on, and practice these tools, so as to better integrate them into our toolkit.
Here are the tools we’ve covered so far:
Part 1: we practiced Impromptu Networking and 1-2-4-All and reviewed the website.
Part 2: Ryan Pickens at Work With Meaning led the last call. We reviewed the LS Selection Matchmaker – a tool which helps you match your facilitation objectives to the Liberating Structure designed to meet that objective – and practiced Nine Whys.
Part 3: We practiced using Wicked Questions. This tool is said to help “Articulate the Paradoxical Challenges That a Group Must Confront to Succeed.”
This month, Part 4, we will practice Toika Consulting. In quick round-robin “consultations,” individuals ask for help and get advice immediately from two others. Peer-to-peer coaching helps with discovering everyday solutions, revealing patterns, and refining prototypes. Bring your sense of light-hearted experimentation for trying this LS in an online format. And please review the tools, and the website, in advance of the call.
We believe these “microstructures,” as they are called, are right in line with Circle Forward’s mission to scale up the skill sets for collaborative governance. They make it much more possible for organizations and networks to replace typical, controlling meeting formats with structures that generate innovative thinking and distributed leadership!