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Liberating structures is coming to auckland and sydney!


The Surprising Power of Liberating Structures (LS):

Unleashing Creativity to Solve Complex Business Problems

Are you charged with bringing people together to solve a problem or lead a change? Is part of your role trying to get the ‘best’ out of people and teams? Would you like to energise people to adapt and evolve their current ways to become more innovative?  Liberating Structures can help make it happen and help you break through boring meeting norms.




20-22 February 2019


Sorrento in the Park

670 Manukau Rd, Royal Oak 
Auckland,  Auckland 102


27, 28 February & 1 March 2019


UNSW Hospitality

1 O'Connell Street, Level 6

Sydney, NSW 2000

The Workshop

You are invited to a highly engaging, experiential learning 3 day workshop, facilitated by the co-founder of Liberating Structures, Keith McCandless. Visiting from the USA, Keith will guide us through what for a growing number of organisations and communities has proven to be a revolutionary way of helping groups work together and get great things done.  

What are "Liberating Structures"?

Liberating Structures (LS) are a set of 33 practical how-to methods to help you include and unleash everyone —particularly team members —in contributing their ideas in a safe, productive, and fun way.  Liberating Structures introduce tiny shifts in the way we meet, plan, decide and relate to one another – and these tiny shifts are deceptively simple and easy-to-learn! No expensive investments, complicated training, or shifts in formal structure required.

Inspired by complexity science and developed by Henri Lipmanowicz and Keith McCandless, LS helps you address some of the most challenging aspects of working in groups and organizations to manage change.


Each structure offers an alternative to conventional ways of facilitating, leading, or working with groups. The specificity of the Liberating Structures makes it possible for anyone to take responsibility for inviting groups to make progress on and face up to their most entangled & complex challenges. Inspired by insights from complexity science, innovation methods, artists, and scientists, Liberating Structures simplify and make accessible many of the approaches usually reserved for specialist facilitators, creative designers, or charismatic leaders.

Want to learn more about LS?
Visit, download the LS app, or read the book

Who is this workshop for?

LS can be used by everyone at every level, from the executive suite to the grassroots. No special talents are required, mastery is simply a matter of practice. If you are someone who wants to:

- Establish more innovative ways to solve complex business problems

- Enable more productive and energising interactions with groups / teams

- Build change agility in their organisation

- Harness a group’s creativity and potential

Then this workshop is for you!

Read real and diverse LS user experience stories to get an idea of how LS can help you.

What will I get out of this workshop?

A working knowledge of LS can be developed in less than 30 minutes. LS are not best practices imposed on a whole organization but rather a set of structures from which individuals and groups can choose what suits them and the challenges at hand. By the conclusion of the three day workshop, you will:

Apply learnings immediately

Learn and immediately apply 20-25 seriously playful (and practical) methods, including 3 new structures not included in Keith’s book (for 1 day attendance, expect to learn 5-10 methods)

design and lead your own LS sessions

String together multiple structures to achieve a specific purpose or solve a problem with any size group

join A global LEARNING COMMUNITY of practice

Form a network of other practitioners who you can turn to for help and advice as you get started with using LS


inspired and energised

Learn with and from others, and have some serious fun

Pricing & Registration


20-22 February 2019


Late Registration $2,560NZD


27-28 February & 1 March 2019


Late Registrations $2,800 AUD

About the facilitators

Keith McCandless

Keith is the co-founder of the Social Invention Group, co-developer of Liberating Structures, and co-author of “The Surprising Power of Liberating Structures – Simple Rules to Unleash a Culture of Innovation” (2014).  Keith is also a former Plexus Institute board member and scientific advisor. He helps people in organisations innovate and manage complexity by working with groups to unleash creativity, discover opportunities, and build on momentum. Keith holds a Masters in Management of Human Services from Brandeis University in Boston and a BA from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. He lives in Seattle with his wife, Anne, and Deacon, a whippet with talent to amuse.

Monica Leon

Monica is the founder of Nurturing Choicefulness.  She holds a MSOD from Pepperdine University, an MBA from UFSIA, Belgium, is a certified Senior and Global Professional in Human Resources (SPHR & GPHR) and an ACC ICF Coach. Monica is an experienced facilitator and disruptor who believes in tapping into the collective wisdom to co-create. Her speciality is in complex systems, strategic thinking, and innovative work practices that intertwine development and work with a focus on vertical development in organisations. These are a set of practices that expand the mindset capacity of individuals and organisations in having greater choice and outcome focused flexibility. Originally from Peru, Monica now lives in Auckland with her daughter, Morgan.

Allison Tsao

Allison is the founder of Humans Who Lead. She holds a Bachelor of Science from NYU in Management, Marketing, and International Business and a Master’s in Organization Development from Pepperdine University. She is also a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and a board member of the Asia Organization Development Network (AODN). To date, Allison has consulted with over 25+ organizations across 4 continents and is an experienced facilitator who believes in bringing the collective intelligence of each and every person in the room together to achieve unimaginable results. Originally from NYC, Allison now lives in Sydney with her partner Craig and two wonderful stepsons.

Still have questions or not sure if this event is right for you? Download our brochure here or Contact Monica for the Auckland session at

or Allison for the Sydney session at


Sydney, Australia

+61 431 847 327

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