June Meetup: Connect and explore! Invitation to share your ideas for future possibilities!

Hello Everyone

Last Thursday we had our last meetup session before summer break facilitated by Cheri McLeod.  Cheri led us through a great LS String to get us thinking about work with LS and where we might want to move as a practice group in the future. The purpose of our sessions was “Foster connection and Explore future possibilities”.

The meetup started with us in pairs a la Impromptu Networking [new tab] with an Appreciative Interviews [new tab] invitation: Tell us about Liberating Structures that you have used successfully, the experience and what you learned.

We then moved to working in 1-2-4 All  [new tab] for the task of identifying individuals and groups we currently work with/know and then those we would like to connect with or learn more about (or possibly collaborate with) which is documented this Google document. [new tab] We then moved through a W3 [new tab] to  reflect on What we have currently as a user group…What it means for us in this time/space and to consider our Now what going into the future.

To wrap-up the meetup, Cheri Invited us to do a “Chatterfall” [new tab] also known as (Mad Tea Chat or Waterfall chat )on the question “This is the last LS CoP meeting before summer and a good time to consider how we feel about LS and what we would like to see going forward, our why and our Now What?:

  • LS can change the world for the better. That’s why 🙂
  • LS can help us improve our experiences and those of others and getter better results at the same time
  • A place for people to build confidence using these lovely structures
  • WE need more than ever to be MORE inclusive and MORE engaging. LS can help.
  • How to expand the use and recognition of value of LS
  • Boring, death-by Powerpoint, control driven meetings are still happening – LS can transform that!
  • LS cuts through “status meetings” and helps people days and lives be better, clear, simpler
  • Let’s be a safe comfortable place to provide to sandbox, play, support, and practice distributed leadership
  • Future idea…doing a session on eval adaptations.
  • Explore a collaboration with the Victoria LS group to see if we can co-facilitate or collaborate
  • Let’s practice how to send and bring back people from breakouts!
  • Explore collaboration with other users groups. Join other users groups

Then we danced out to Pharrell Williams singing  “Happy “ [new tab].

What a fun and positive way to end a session and another season of Vancouver LS meetups!

Great session Cheri!  We now invite everyone to add your ideas to the Google document [new tab] on future individuals, groups to connect with or things you’d like to do and help with. Remember your energy is what will keep our practice group vibrant, growing and going! Have a safe and happy summer! See you in the Fall.

Leva and Barish 


Social Network Webbing, W3 + more at our Last LS Meetup! – June 17 5pm

Hi everyone,

Thanks again so much for Clementine + Stephen from University of Waikato New Zealand for facilitating a beautiful string of Liberating structures with us at our May meetup!

For our last gathering before taking a pause for summer, we’re excited to have Dr. Cheri MacLeod join us to facilitate Social Network Webbing and other LS. We’ll wrap up with What, So What, Now What as we look to wrap up this term and co-sense all the possibilities for our future gatherings.

Hope you can join us!

Barish & Leva

Liberating Structures User Group – June 2021 Meetup

When: June 17th, Thursday 5:00pm-6:30pm

Where: Zoom – https://twu.zoom.us/j/93558121713?pwd=cUk0bXRPMmQ4dEVtMnV3c0lUT2haUT09

Meeting ID: 935 5812 1713
Passcode: 817846

Liberating Structures Cards

9 Whys & 15% Solutions – May 20th LS Meetup – 5pm PST

Hi everyone,

May Meetup

Our next meetup is this week, May 20th, 5pm-6:30pm PST. We’re excited to have our New Zealand friends helping us facilitate 9 Whys and %15 Solutions!

We still have space for an opening and a closing activity if anyone wants to facilitate. Join us 30 min early on the same link if you’re interested in helping facilitate or email us back.

When: Thursday, May 20th, 5:00pm – 6:30pm PST

Where: Zoom (new link, no registration required): https://twu.zoom.us/j/94062035961?pwd=M0lnb2k5NU8ycTkwQnNIL2E3RDFlQT09

Last Session this June!

Our last session will be June 17th and then we will be taking a break for the summer, and hopefully see you back in the fall!

Barish & Leva


Help us Facilitate the Next LS Session!

Hi everyone,

Our third Liberating Structures User Group / CoP is around the corner, and we’re looking for any facilitators who would like to join Leva and Barish in facilitating and trying out their LS skills!

If you’re interested please sign up at the Facilitation Sign-up Sheet here for either the April, May or June sessions coming up.

If you’re up for the April session, you’re welcome to try a new or familiar Liberating Structure and slot it in to our Lesson Plan. The theme for April is “Unity, Diversity and the Emerging Future”

LS Meetup Details for April 2021

We’ll meet on April 15th at 5:00pm-6:30pm on Zoom. Facilitators come by at 4:30pm to do some final planning.

Registration Link for Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIvf-CgqTgiHtMsp0CTkLuPwZX3Cw0Lsz_x

Hope to see you all there!

Barish & Leva


Vancouver LS March Meetup this Thursday!

Hi Everyone,

This is a reminder to you that this Thursday is our March LS Meetup where we plan to explore Social Presencing Theatre and LS Mashup! A special guest facilitator, Lindsay McDonald, will lead us through exploring and surfacing body wisdom. This is an experiential workshop so come dressed in comfortable clothes and ready to participate!

So here are the details again:

Date and time: March 18th, Thursday, 5:00pm-6:30pm

Register via this Zoom Registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIvf-CgqTgiHtMsp0CTkLuPwZX3Cw0Lsz_x

If you would like to help co-facilitate or try leading one or a string of LS in future meetups, or if you have any questions, please reach out to Barish or I (our contacts are here under Vancouver).

Much appreciation to Fernando and Carolina from http://aprendix.global/ for hosting us!

Leva and Barish


LS Monthly Gatherings Starting Back Up – Next Meetup Feb 18th Thursday 5pm!

Hi everyone,

We’re excited to start back our Liberating Structures meetups in 2021! We’re hoping the 3rd Thursday of every month from 5pm-6:30pm works for everyone. We plan to open up the room at 4:30pm for anyone facilitating (we’re open to volunteers!) so we can work through any planning left to do. You’re welcome to join early to see the process.

For all our meetups we’re hoping to include a mix of these ingredients:

  • 🌐 Macro themes: Networking, Getting & Giving Help, Learning Together
  • 🔍Micro-structures: A mix of familiar and never-tried-before LS facilitation – we’re always looking for volunteer facilitators to try new things – please let us know!
  • 🐝 Mashups / Cross-pollination: This semester we’ll dip our feet into Presencing and will be on the look-out for other worlds colliding – Agile? Scrum?

Here are the dates:

Reconnecting and Reflecting on our Community – February 18th, Thursday, 5:00pm-6:30pm

Social Presencing Theatre and LS Mashup with special guest Lindsay McDonald – March 18th, Thursday, 5:00pm-6:30pm

Unity, Diversity and the Emerging Future [Working Title] – April 15th, Thursday, 5:00pm-6:30pm

Register for any or all sessions via this Zoom Registration link: : https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIvf-CgqTgiHtMsp0CTkLuPwZX3Cw0Lsz_x

If you would like to help co-facilitate or try leading one or a string of LS in any of these sessions, or if you have any questions, please reach out to Leva or I (our contacts are here under Vancouver).

And once again thanks so much to Fernando and Carolina from http://aprendix.global/ for hosting us!!

Thanks and hope to connect, collaborate and co-facilitate soon!

Barish & Leva

Courtesy - Nancy White

Drawing Monsters, Simple Ethnography and more…

Hi everyone, 

Thanks for everyone coming out last night! Shout out to Cathy for the fun Drawing Together + Simple Ethnography string! 

Here are some resources from the session. 

Some of the Things We’re Hoping Emerge Next Year: 

Ideas generated from our Mad Tea Waterfall: 

  • Powerful conversations and deepened relationships
  • More truthful, loving and caring connections!
  • We can learn, play and grow together in order to positively impact others learning new ideas together in a supportive space systemic change + also joy
  • Connect with folks who are using LS + other facilitative approaches for similar purposes and jam together greater confidence and skills through practicing and experimenting with LS.

Happy Holidays, Happy New Year!

Look for us in early January for a new set of Thursday gatherings (will keep the last Thursday of month format for now). Until then, wishing you all a safe, warm holiday season and happy New Year!


Barish & Leva

LS User Group Co-Chairs


Liberating the Emerging Future – Our Last Meetup for 2020!

Hi everyone,

Our last Liberating Structures Community of Practice / Meetup session of 2020 is tomorrow November 26th, at 5pm PST. If you’d like to be part of the planning for this event please show up 30 minutes early on the same Zoom call and come with your favourite invitation! One idea we may play with is the Presencing concept of Leading from the Emerging Future, and how Liberating Structures could help make that emerging future a bit more emergent. We’ll see how that goes!

Who: Anyone with an interest in facilitation and Liberating Structures


  • Share stories & spread new practices more widely across BC
  • Support people in getting started with & renewing their use of LS

Dates/Time: November 26th 5:00 PM – 6:30pm
Where:  Zoom Meeting Online  

Register here: 


Hope to see you out there!

Barish & Leva