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Q Liberating Structures user group

An opportunity to try some Liberating Structures together - join the fun, and learn new skills to use in your work.

9 Jun 2022
12:00 – 13:00

Liberating Structures board

In this Q Liberating Structures session, we explored two liberating structures: Helping Heuristics and Generative Relationships STAR.

Q SIG support / catalyst, Joriam guided us through Helping Heuristics, a 3-person brainstorm session, not unlike Troika. In this liberating structure, the ‘consultant’ first assumes a posture of quiet presence, and slowly (and gently) starts to prod the conversations to places where the ‘client’ perhaps wouldn’t think to go. It helps improvers renew and learn new relational skills.

Q Community Manager, Matthew guided us through Generative Relationships STAR, a map-creation exercise that helps diagnose current relationship patterns – and understand what makes them more or less generative. This understanding of patterns of interaction might help avoiding common mistakes like one-sided blaming and also point at where the next relational growth opportunities might be.

The use of Liberating Structures (LS) in improvement work has spread widely since the first trainings at Q annual events and the immersion workshops Q offered. Many people find them an inspiring way to enable more inclusive, innovative, productive (and fun) meetings and projects.

This Q Liberating Structures user group offers a ‘safe space’ to share our experiences and try out different Liberating Structures together – both new ones, and more familiar ones. It’s a peer-learning space – where people like you will lead (or co-lead) each LS, rather than veteran trainers.

As one participant in one of our meet-ups put it: “I didn’t realise how much fun I’d have – but I also learnt something“.

LS feels particularly timely at the moment, with so many meetings moved into Zoom, Teams etc due to COVID-19. Yet the opportunities that Liberating Structures give us for making these truly engaging, fun and creative meetings are all too often missed when people run their meetings. We can change this!

This group is organised by Matt Clack, MaryCate McLennan, Lyse Edwards, Jonathan O’Reilly and Matthew Mezey.

Find out more about all the Liberating Structures, including FAQs and how-to’s.

To hear about future meet-ups, join Q’s Liberating Structures in healthcare Special Interest Group – all welcome (includes a sign-up page if you’d like to try leading a particular Liberating Structure in this safe space).

There’s also an LS user group (started by two Q members) in Scotland. Contact Kirsty Ellis – and other groups in London, Cardiff, Leeds and the West Midlands. (Please note: the Leeds and West Midlands groups are still suspended due to the pandemic).

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Generative Relationships STAR – Q Liberating Structures user group (08/06/2022)
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