Updates

A few gems from the LS Meetup at the Festival of Learning 2018

Contributed by Leva Lee, BCcampus

Just a quick note to share a few gems we learned from the Liberating Structures Meetup held in Vancouver at the Festival of Learning, May 2018.

Using 1,2,4, All, we asked participants: “How can LS User groups help you with your practice?”   Here’s a few of the responses. LS User groups can help us…

  • Practice together in a safe space; Encourage experimentation
  • Learn what can go wrong when using LS; Close the loop for how things went as a facilitator
  • Find opportunities to debrief use of LS with others
  • Distribute and share LS artefacts, tools, templates and lesson plans, case studies, blog posts, etc.
  • Explore LS strategies applied in an online context and encourage playing with technology e.g. use of breakout rooms for LS e.g., which web tools work well and which don’t work with LS microstructures or approaches.
  • Design more engagement strategies for participants in synchronous or asynchronous context.

In the coming year, the Vancouver and Victoria User groups will keep these things top of mind. Stay tuned for an LS Meetup coming to a campus near you!

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Events

Come to our ‘mega’ meetup at the Festival of Learning!

The Liberating Structures User Groups of Vancouver and Victoria will be meeting at the 2018 Festival of Learning! Liberating Structures are facilitation technique designed to engage and include everyone and  this meetup is free and open to all who are interested in learning and practicing them with us.

The Vancouver Liberating Structures User Group (co-facilitated by Barish and Leva) will host the meet up and lead participants through trying out some of the most popular and “go to” LS structures. The Victoria Liberating Structures User Group (co-facilitated by Tracy and Beth) will also join in the fun.

Date: Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Location:  Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront  1133 West Hastings, Ballroom 1

Please RSVP by Friday, May 25 by completing this brief form.

Purpose

  • Learn and experience a few of the most popular Liberating Structures.
  • For newcomers: Introduce Liberating Structures as a way of engaging your students, colleagues, employees and team members in productive, purposeful, inclusive ways.
  • For experienced Liberating Structures facilitators: Explore ways to enhance your skills by continuing to practice and hone your skills through coaching others.
  • Hear about the activities of the Vancouver and Victoria User Groups; how you can participate with our groups and/or create your own local practice group.

What are Liberating Structures?

“Liberating Structures (LS) are a growing collection of group processes and methods that make it easy and quick for members of any group to radically change how they interact and work together. Their purpose is to liberate energy, tap into collective intelligence, stimulate creativity, and get surprisingly better results by engaging people and unleashing the power of self-organization.”

Quoted from: Kimball, Lisa. (2009). Liberating Structures: A New Pattern language for Engagement. Available at: https://thesystemsthinker.com/liberating-structures-a-new-pattern-language-for-engagement/ [Accessed January 13, 2018]

Events

Workshop Announcement at Douglas College New Westminster

Hello Everyone,

We are pleased to be able to offer a Liberating Structures mini-workshop and practice session at Douglas College New Westminster campus this month. Everyone is welcome! Here’s the details:

Meeting: “Liberating Structures: Patterns of Engagement to Include Everyone”

Facilitators: Barish Golland, Learning Ecosystem Support and Solutions Manager at UBC Sauder School of Business; Leva Lee, Manager, Learning & Teaching at BCcampus

Date: Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

Time: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Location:

Douglas College New Westminster Campus
Collaboration Room S0620
700 Royal Ave
New Westminster, BC V3M 5Z5
Canada

Please RSVP by Monday, April 23rd, 12 Noon by completing this brief form.

Purpose

Come learn and experience Liberating Structures:

  • For newcomers: Introduce Liberating Structures as a way of engaging your students, colleagues, employees and team members in productive, purposeful, inclusive ways.
  • For experienced Liberating Structures facilitators: Explore ways to enhance your repertoire by learning new LS techniques and consider joining the Vancouver LS user group that meets frequently.

What are Liberating Structures?

“Liberating Structures (LS) are a growing collection of group processes and methods that make it easy and quick for members of any group to radically change how they interact and work together. Their purpose is to liberate energy, tap into collective intelligence, stimulate creativity, and get surprisingly better results by engaging people and unleashing the power of self-organization.”

Quoted from: Kimball, Lisa. (2009). Liberating Structures: A New Pattern language for Engagement. Available at: https://thesystemsthinker.com/liberating-structures-a-new-pattern-language-for-engagement/ [Accessed January 13, 2018]

Resources, Updates

Liberating Structures in B.C. post-secondary: How are they spreading?

This post was originally published March 1, 2018  on BCcampus.ca.

After organizing and supporting a number of Liberating Structures initiatives for the past two years, we at BCcampus wanted to learn more about:

  • How (and where) are people using Liberating Structures? How are they spreading?
  • Are people finding Liberating Structures to be useful in their practice?
  • What do people want next? If we are to continue to support Liberating Structures in B.C. PSE, what kind of supports are needed?

Post by Leva Lee and Tracy Kelly, Learning & Teaching, BCcampus

To do so, we surveyed the participants of our Liberating Structures workshops and events. We are pleased to share with you what we learned in this report.

Upcoming Liberating Structures Sessions:

Learn more:

 

Events

Workshop Announcement at VCC Broadway March 14th, 12:00 pm -1:30 pm

Hello Everyone,

We are pleased to be able to offer a workshop at Vancouver Community College Broadway campus this month Everyone is welcome! Here’s the details:

Meeting: “Liberating Structures: Patterns of Engagement to Include Everyone”

Facilitators: Barish Golland, Learning Ecosystem Support and Solutions Manager at UBC Sauder School of Business; Leva Lee, Manager, Learning & Teaching at BCcampus, Brett Griffiths, VCC and VCC colleagues.

Date: Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

Time: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Location: Vancouver Community College Broadway, 1155 E Broadway Room B2206

Please RSVP by Tuesday, March 13th, 12 Noon by completing this brief form.

Purpose

Come learn and experience Liberating Structures:

  • For newcomers: Introduce Liberating Structures as a way of engaging your students, colleagues, employees and team members in productive, purposeful, inclusive ways.
  • For experienced Liberating Structures facilitators: Explore ways to enhance your repertoire by learning new LS techniques and consider joining the Vancouver LS user group that meets frequently.

What are Liberating Structures?

“Liberating Structures (LS) are a growing collection of group processes and methods that make it easy and quick for members of any group to radically change how they interact and work together. Their purpose is to liberate energy, tap into collective intelligence, stimulate creativity, and get surprisingly better results by engaging people and unleashing the power of self-organization.”

Quoted from: Kimball, Lisa. (2009). Liberating Structures: A New Pattern language for Engagement. Available at: https://thesystemsthinker.com/liberating-structures-a-new-pattern-language-for-engagement/ [Accessed January 13, 2018]

Events, Resources

Followup on February 22nd Meetup at BCIT Burnaby

What a great meetup we had on February 22nd at BCIT Burnaby. There was good showing of a dozen participants! We did Impromptu Networking, 1-2-4-All, then TRIZ, 25/10 Crowdsourcing and W3. Meeting for 90 minutes allowed us a bit more time to practice and discussion, but it was still a very briskly paced meetup. Time flew! We had fun!

Here are some resources from our meetup  you can download or view online:

Our 2018 schedule for the Vancouver LS User Group is posted here at various locations throughout Vancouver. We will add more locations as they are arranged.  Subscribe to this blog to get our updates.

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Events

Workshop Announcement at BCIT Burnaby February 22nd 4:00 pm -5:30 pm

Hello Everyone,

We are pleased to be able to offer a workshop at BCIT Burnaby this month with the help of Cathy Griffen of BCIT’s Learning and Teaching Centre. Everyone is welcome! Hope to see you there! Here’s the details:

Meeting: “Liberating Structures: Patterns of Engagement to Include Everyone”

Facilitators: Barish Golland, Learning Ecosystem Support and Solutions Manager at UBC Sauder School of Business, Leva Lee, Manager, Learning & Teaching at BCcampus and colleagues from BCIT

Date: February 22nd, 2018

Time: 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Location: BCIT Burnaby, SE12 103 C  (3700 Willingdon Avenue) Directions to Room at BCIT Bby

Please RSVP by February 22, 10am by completing the form below: 

Liberating Stuctures Meetup at BCIT – February 22nd 4:00 pm-5:30 pm – Registration Form

Purpose:

Come learn and experience Liberating Structures:

  • For newcomers: Introduce Liberating Structures as a way of engaging your students, colleagues, employees and team members in productive, purposeful, inclusive ways.
  • For experienced Liberating Structures facilitators: Explore ways to enhance your repertoire by learning new LS techniques and consider joining the Vancouver LS user group that meets frequently.

What are Liberating Structures?

“Liberating Structures (LS) are a growing collection of group processes and methods that make it easy and quick for members of any group to radically change how they interact and work together. Their purpose is to liberate energy, tap into collective intelligence, stimulate creativity, and get surprisingly better results by engaging people and unleashing the power of self-organization.”

Quoted from: Kimball, Lisa. (2009). Liberating Structures: A New Pattern language for Engagement. Available at: https://thesystemsthinker.com/liberating-structures-a-new-pattern-language-for-engagement/ [Accessed January 13, 2018]

Resources, Updates

Handouts from UBC Meetup on January 22nd

Thanks for all those who attended our workshop on January 22nd at UBC Sauder. It was a great turnout and a lot of fun to facilitate! We did impromptu networking, 1-2-4-All to reflect on that experience, then jumped into Troika Consulting, getting help on facilitation challenges we’re facing and how/when to use LS in different contexts. It was short but sweet!

Here are some resources from the meeting in digital format you can download or view online:

Our first 6 months of 2018 schedule for the Vancouver LS User Group is posted here at various locations throughout Vancouver. Stay tuned to the blog for more details coming soon!