Events, Virtual LS

Save the Date! Liberating Structures Meet & Greet October + Workshop in November

Welcome everyone to the 2022-23 Vancouver Liberating Structures Users Group!

New Purpose, Format and Group-stewardship arrangement

This year we are excited to share an updated purpose, new format and new group-stewardship arrangement. 

Purpose: to support each other introducing and incorporating liberating structures into our workplaces, organizations and community settings.

Format: As in previous years, we will host 8 meetings. This year, we will alternate between informal and formal meetings.

Informal Meetings: an opportunity to network and to give and get help sharing questions, experience and ideas. Informally use liberating structures ‘on the fly’ we will adjust to suit attendance and interest – in an “open space”-type approach. These sessions will be online and / or possibly in-person. 

Formal Meetings: focusing on specific Liberating Structures we create space for members to practice running liberating structures. These sessions will be online and / or possibly in-person. We will host these in new and varying time-slots.

If you would like to practice running a Liberating structure,  sign up here.

Stewardship: Beginning as a group of 5, we work collaboratively to set the focus and agenda of upcoming meetings. This stewardship group is open and dynamic. The intention is to build a shared body of practice and understanding and to develop our support network for sharing Liberating Structures with the workplaces, organizations and communities we believe will benefit from using Liberating Structures. Join us in planning for one or more sessions through this 2022-23 season.

Save the Dates (and note the new times)!

Thursday October 13th: 12 noon-1pm 

Thursday Nov 10th Workshop: 8am-10am (online on Zoom – register here)

  • “Powering Down PowerPoint: Shifting the Dial to More Engaging Meetings – Liberating Structures Workshop” (Working Title)

 Friday Dec 9th: (TBD) 

  • Informal Meet and Greet – in-person!

We look forward to seeing you on Oct 13th. Invite someone you think might be interested in learning more about experiencing Liberating Structures online! 

Barish, Lindsay, Toby, Heather and Tiffany

LS User Group Planning Team 2022-2023

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Drawing Together – Join our Last Liberating Structures Meetup before summer break

Hello Everyone, 

Join us for our final 2021/22 Liberating Structures Session as we experience “Drawing Together lead by Kylie Hutchison of Community Solutions – our feature Liberating Structure

Drawing Together – Are you tired of words? Of conversations? Have you been stuck with a challenge that you haven’t yet found your way around? Drawing Together gives us (and our clients?) a breath of fresh air by inviting us to communicate differently.  Using symbols, imagination and non-verbal communication, we explore our personal or collective challenges and not only do we get a break from our usual way of doing things, we also invite new ideas, insight and information to help address our challenges. Drawing Together is a liberating structure that:

  • reveals insight or understanding not accessible with verbal or linear methods
  • Taps all the sources of knowledge for innovation (explicit, tacit, latent/emergent)
  • Signals that a quest or journey in search of new discoveries is under way
  • Develops and deepen shared understanding of a vision or complex dynamics
  • Creates closer connections among group members

Facilitating this session are: (so far!!) Kylie Hutchison, Barish Golland and Lindsay McDonald. Join us!

Open Roles for June 16th:  Please sign up to facilitate here

  • Land Acknowledgement and Mindfully Arriving
  • Participant Debrief (using Spiral Journal? Other LS?)

Event Details: 

  • Date: June 16th, 2022
  • Time: 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm PST

Be part of the core VLSUG planning team for 2022-23 and accelerate your facilitation learning and connections:  Sign up to join the organizing team here  

Vancouver Liberating Structure Users Group: We exist (2021-2022) to learn from each other and to work together building skills and experimenting with new ideas in an online environment. Everyone is welcome – from the newly-curious to the well-practiced.

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Abundant Greetings this Thursday for our second-to-last Liberating Structures session

For our May 19th Liberating Structures session (2nd to last for this 2021-2022 season ending in June) we will be exploring a new Liberating Structure in Development, “Abundant Greetings“. This session’s land acknowledgement will be given by Zsuzsi Fodor (Food Justice group facilitator), the debrief by Kylie Hutchison from Community Solutions and the welcome and facilitator feedback by VLSUG co-chairs Barish and Lindsay.

Abundant Greetings is new to us and we’re excited to experience it!! It’s an “LS in Development” (see the “Stabilizing” column in the shared LS in Dev Trello Board) so we’re looking forward to giving it a try, with some great advice and pointers from our friends at VirtualFacilitation

Join us on Thursday as we learn from each other and some guest expert facilitators!

Register for meeting – click here – Thursday, May 19th, 3:30pm-5:00pm PST.

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Challenging our “Sacred Cows” with TRIZ – Join us Apr 21st (Thurs), 3:30-5pm

Purpose: Experience, lead and give/get feedback on using Liberating Structures to run effective and engaging meetings

Question(s): In what ways might great leadership show up (to/for us)? “What must we stop doing to make progress on how we show up as leaders? 

Context: (TBD in which environment – personal / organizational)

Building deconstructing
Artwork by Ben Grasso – “Whatever was left of it”

Hello Everyone, 

Join us on Apr 21st as we explore Making Space with TRIZ – our feature Liberating Structure. TRIZ invites us to explore “all of the ways we can achieve the worst result imaginable with respect to our top strategy or objective”. It is used “to stop counterproductive activities and behaviours to make space for innovation”. It invites creative destruction, imagination, absurdity and revelation “into the room” and leads us into courageous conversations. 

TRIZ can be great in contexts from education to business and everything in between to help recognize patterns that may have surfaced and that may not be serving a group’s vision or objectives. As with most liberating structures, TRIZ can also be used to generate personal insights into personal patterns that no longer serve us.  Facilitating this session are: (so far!!) Toby Michaud & Lindsay McDonald. Join us!

Open Roles for Apr 21st:  Please sign up to facilitate here

  • Land Acknowledgement and Mindfully Arriving
  • Facilitator Feedback (using a Fishbowl? Other LS?)
  • Participant Debrief (using Spiral Journal? Other LS?)

Next Event Details:  Featured Liberating Structure: TRIZ

Facilitate upcoming sessions in May and June 2022: Sign up to facilitate here  

Vancouver Liberating Structure Users Group: We exist (2021-2022) to learn from each other and to work together building skills and experimenting with new ideas in an online environment. Everyone is welcome – from the newly-curious to the well-practiced.

Artwork Image attribution: Ben Grasso, http://www.bengrasso.com/2017/2/17/2017/2/17/whatever-was-left-of-it

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Join our next meetup April 21st – Liberating Structures User Group | Vancouver

Hi everyone,

We’re taking a break for March – Spring Break and kids out of school, lots going on! We hope to see you next Month on April 21st, Thursday from 3:30pm-5:00pm on Zoom for our next session. We have 3 more sessions this semester from April to June, so don’t miss your chance to co-facilitate in ways big or small.

Zoom Registration: Register for our April, May and June sessions here.

Volunteer to Co-facilitate: Sign up to co-facilitate here.

All the best,

Barish & Lindsay

Co-chairs, Vancouver Liberating Structures User Group

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Join us for Helping Heuristics – Feb 17th (Thurs), 3:30-5pm!

Hello Everyone,

Join us on Feb 17th as we explore Helping Heuristics as our feature Liberating Structure! This liberating structure helps participants gain insight into their own habits and patterns of interaction, inviting them to practice progressive methods for helping others, receiving help and asking for help. Great for team development, and personal insights! Facilitating this session are: Isabeau Iqbal, Heather Gross. Mirabelle Tinio, Lindsay McDonald and Barish Golland.

Theme:  Liberating Structures for Personal Growth and Awareness.

Objective: Practice different ways of responding to challenges brought to you by individuals. 

Next Event Details

Where: Zoom registration Link

Date: February 17th, 2022

Time: 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm PST

Featured Liberating Structure: Helping Heuristics

Sign up to Facilitate

Sign up to Facilitate upcoming sessions starting March – June: Facilitator Sign-up Sheet.

We look forward to seeing you on Feb 17th and bring someone you think might be interested in learning more about experiencing Liberating Structures online. 

Register here

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Virtual Facilitation Workshop – Special Promo for LS Practitioners

Hi everyone,

Our friends at VirtualFacilitation.com (based in Nelson, BC) are offering the BC LS Practitioner community a %35 discount on their upcoming 5 day Virtual Facilitation Workshops.

Workshop Details:

VIRTUAL FACILITATION TRAINING
COHORT #26 • FEB/MAR 2022
Dates: Feb. 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and Mar. 2nd
Times: From 9:00am to 12:00pm PDT
Location: Via Zoom and Welo

Promo Code for 35% discount: LSVANCOUVER

Registration Link

Have a great week everyone, and hope to see you at our next LS User Group Meetup on February 17th, 3:30pm – more details to follow!

Lindsay & Barish

Co-chairs, Vancouver LS User Group

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Jan 20th: Using New Collaborative Technologies with Liberating Structures

Jump into Liberating Structures in 2022!

Next Event Details

Theme for Jan 20th: Using New Collaborative Technologies with Liberating Structures

Objective: to develop an awareness of approaches and techniques that support Liberating Structures online. 

6 more sessions in 2022

  • Never facilitated Liberating structures?  No problem!!  Sign up here to lead LS #1 and we’ll walk you through an introductory LS! 
  • You’ve led Impromptu networking and want to go deeper? Sign up to lead, of co-lead, a structure of your choosing (LS #2) and ask for support if you want it – someone is always willing to explore structures with you.
  • Curious to lead the debrief? Sign up here  
  • Sign up here if you would like be tech facilitator for a session.  

Looking forward to seeing you on Jan 20 and bring someone you think might be interested in learning more about experiencing Liberating Structures online. Register here

Barish and Lindsay