Discount on LS Immersion Workshop from Virtual Facilitation

Hi everyone,

Our friends at Virtual Facilitation are extending a special last week discount on their 5 week Liberating Structures Immersion Workshop. Please see details below and the website link if you are interested.

Liberating Structures Immersion Workshop hosted by Virtual Facilitation

A virtual immersion to boost your facilitation practice.

5 weekly meetings, of 3 hours each:
October 20th and 27th
November 3rd, 10th and 17th.
Live sessions from 9:00am to 12:00pm PDT via Zoom.

Registration fee: $495.00 USD

Discounts for LS community:

 20% discount Last Week
» Register using the Coupon Code LASTWEEK

 5% discount + bring another person to join for free!
» Register using the Coupon Code FREEFORAFRIEND

Please see this link for more information: https://www.virtualfacilitation.com/immersion


Moving from Purpose to Practice – Our next LS meetup this coming Thursday October 21st, 3:30pm

Hi everyone,

We will have our first Vancouver Liberating Structures User Group session starting October 21st, Thursday from 3:30pm-5:00pm! Thanks for all your feedback from our survey. We will run a total of 8 sessions for 2021-2022 on Zoom. Find all upcoming events on our Calendar.

Register and get calendar invites here: Zoom Registration Link (for one or all 8 sessions)

Time and Date for October Session: Thursday, October 21st, 3:30pm-5:00pm

Theme for the October 2021 Session: To greet each other and set intention and expectations for the year (8 sessions) of Liberating Structures User group meetings.

Featured Liberating Structure: Purpose to Practice

Sign up to Facilitate upcoming sessions starting November-February: Facilitator Sign-up Sheet

Thank you Leva, and welcome Lindsay!

Finally we wanted to send a big cheer of gratitude for Leva Lee for helping co-chair our User Group since its inception in 2017. She continues to do amazing work at BC Campus around FLO Facilitation, is delving into topics of Indigenization, Reconciliation, and Anti Racism, and recently has started hosting radio shows at DS106. Thanks a million Leva!

We want to welcome Lindsay McDonald as our new co-chair. Lindsay is a wonderful facilitator and coach at Fresheye Thinking. More are introductions at our next meetup!

Thanks everyone and hope to see you then!

Barish & Lindsay,

Co-chairs, Vancouver Liberating Structures User Group

Events, Resources, Updates, Virtual LS

Practice Facilitating Liberating Structures this Fall 2021 – Survey + Resources + Upcoming Workshops

Hi everyone,

Hope you are all finding ways to gather amazingly these days! Here are some updates for Fall 2021:

Re-iterating our Purpose…

Our purpose as a User Group is to “enhance our collective capacity to build confidence and fluency with Liberating Structures, and mentor each other, in a trusting, playful, collaborative environment.” To that effect we ask everyone wanting to gather with us to facilitate in at least one session. This is to help you experience LS facilitating first hand and explore new LS in a safe, friendly, supportive environment.

Sign up for Facilitating!

If you’re interested in facilitating a session – either one Liberating Structures in a string of three, or helping plan and facilitate the whole session, then please fill out this Survey to sign up!

Help us choose a Start time on 3rd Thursdays!

We also would love to get your feedback on a start time for our 3rd Thursday of the Month sessions – earliest 3:00 PM PST or latest 4:30pm PST – let us know in the Survey!

BC Wide Liberating Structures User Groups Gathering

Our friends from the Victoria User Group are hosting a BC wide LS User Groups discussion on Zoom:

  • When: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2021 AT 10 AM – 11:30 AM
  • From the organizers: “This is an invitation to the LS user groups in BC (that we know of, and anyone else is welcome) to get together and reflect on a broad invitation that we suspect could sprout multiple conversations in the coming months.”

Some Free Resources and upcoming LS Workshops

Have a fabulous week!

Barish, co-chair LS User Group


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