Liberating Structures: Change Methods for Everybody Every Day

Liberating [verb]: to set free from imposed, controlling structures

Structures [noun]: simple rules that specify how people are included and participate

Icons representing 33 Liberating Structures
Figure 1: The Big Five Conventional microstructures in common use

In our experience, people can quickly move from being a participant to actively shaping the selection of LS, to leading or facilitating groups, and eventually to improvising in the moment to build on momentum.

In contrast, when Liberating Structures are put into practice, a number of behavioral shifts emerge that can gradually become operating principles.

Figure 3: Ten principles become ongoing practices
Figure 4: LS micro-structural design elements
Figure 6: Sample LS string for strategic planning

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