Professional Development Seminar: Liberating Structures

Time: May 22, 2015. 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.
Location: 4759 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105

0a1ca14This May, Be-Possible facilitators Kristina Katayama (pictured left) and Rebecca Wirtel will be leading through the effective facilitation of Liberating Structures. This training is valuable for ALL levels – whether you’re just starting or are a skilled facilitator, Liberating Structures will transform your ability to facilitate integrated learning experiences. Register here.

Liberating Structures are a collection of group activities designed to engage all participants equally. Instead of focusing on a highly structured lecturer-listener model or a low structured brainstorming model, Liberating Structures are intended to give focus to participants’ thoughts and actions, while enabling each member to interact with the group. This philosophy argues that conventional structures are too inhibiting, such as classroom settings, or too loose, such as open discussions; while liberating structures allows individuals and groups to be more productive.

Liberating Structures free up a facilitator from spending most of their time presenting/transmitting information, instead focusing on the rewarding task of creating effective learning conditions. This means a dynamic environment with more time engaged in participative activities, and more interaction.

Liberating Structures are easy-to-learn and enhance relational coordination and trust. They quickly foster lively participation in groups of any size, making it possible to truly include everyone. Every person interested in leading change—in schools, hospitals, foundations, agencies, and businesses—can use Liberating Structures to generate innovation.

  • Include all students in interactive learning, creating conditions for self-discovery and peer-to-peer learning.
  • Unleash the collective intelligence of the participants. By the end of a workshop series using Liberating Structures, facilitators notice a pronounced increase in engagement, socialization, compassion and community among participants.
  • Transform learning into an engaging, interesting and enjoyable activity for both students and facilitators.
  • Provide a wide variety of structures facilitators can use like Lego pieces to design workshop plans.
  • Inexpensive way to boost the effectiveness of all facilitators.

In this one day immersion course you will experience and learn how to:

  1. Include and Unleash Everyone
  2. Practice Deep Respect for People
  3. Build Trust As You Go
  4. Learn by Failing Forward
  5. Practice Self-Discovery Within a Group
  6. Amplify Freedom and Responsibility
  7. Emphasize Possibilities
  8. Invite Creative Destruction To Enable Innovation
  9. Engage In Seriously Playful Curiosity
  10. Never Start Without a Clear Purpose

Read testimonial letter from a student about the impact of Liberating Structures compared to a traditional classroom experience. Tatiana Riddle, “From a grateful student to all educators.” Tatiana is a quiet student who sees how her voice and all other voices in the classroom can be heard.

Your facilitators from Be-Possible are …

Kristina Katayama, who has nearly 20 years experience consulting leaders and organizations across all stages of development, from small private businesses to Fortune 100s, governmental agencies and non-profit organizations. Today her work includes facilitating restorative justice alternatives to an antiquated punitive system between officers, offenders and survivors of crime, the courts and legal systems. Grounded in the practical application of the findings of neuroscience, emotional and social intelligence, the power of presence, empathy and honesty, she is a catalyst for connected engagement, peak performance and courageous leadership across many forums.

Rebecca Wirtel, a dynamic and compelling consultant, coach and facilitator with an eye toward creating organizational excellence and powerful, progressive engagement. Rebecca brings 20 years of experience from the health care, non-profit and private business sectors. Rebecca earned her B.S. in Behavioral Psychology. Then, to deepen her knowledge of brain science, she completed an intensive study in metaphysical sciences (NLP). She later went on to achieve her M.A. in Leadership and Organizational Development to further apply her passion, knowledge, and experience to organizational and human systems. Rebecca is dedicated to community development and volunteers with arts organizations including The In Arts Northwest and KBCS Community Radio.

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