Learning Lab: Using Liberating Structures to Navigate the “In Between” Time

Northwest PTTC's Learning Lab: Using Liberating Structures to Navigate the "In Between" Time


August 11, 2021


Learning Lab Description

Many of us are reflecting on how to reform, re-norm, and create new pathways as the COVID-19 pandemic loosens its hold on our day-to-day lives. Liberating Structures (LS) can be referred to as a menu, repertoire, or curated collection of facilitation methods that are designed to be versatile and adaptable in many different situations and local contexts. All of the methods share a set of core principles, purposes, and organizing elements meant to more widely distribute participation - engaging a fuller range of people's intelligence while tapping into the creative promise of difference. Join us for this interactive Learning Lab, using virtual breakout rooms, and discover how LS can help team members, collaborators, and coalition members rebuild trust and a shared commitment to prevent substance misuse during a time of shifting norms. Learning Lab presenters will facilitate a deep-dive into LS during the 2021 Northwest PTTC Prevention Leadership Virtual Academy scheduled this fall. 



•    Name Liberating Structure Principles 
•    Share background on how LS emerged 
•    Identify one use for LS in strengthening teams, collaborations, and coalitions 
•    Discuss how LS can be useful in both in-person and online settings 



Fisher S. Qua

Fisher S. Qua brings eclectic skills to his consulting work with a background in history, modern dance, community health improvement, learning & development, and higher education management. He is primarily interested in taking obscure ideas and making them seriously playful. He is intrigued by the potential for organizing and structuring interactions that invite people to contribute more of their imagination, creativity, and intelligence to the challenges-at-hand. Fisher appreciates being lovingly provoked, so bring your most skeptical-selves, your strangest hunches, or your most oblique ideas to the workshop.



Anna JacksonAnna Jackson brings an artistic sensibility to her practice with Liberating Structures (LS) and other participatory approaches that aim to affirm people’s rights and personhood. She started out using LS in the mental health recovery movement, peer-based learning and support networks, and facilitating in complex policy, community, and clinical contexts. Since then has worked with LS in a diverse range of domains & settings. Anna has a Master of Science in Social Work from The University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Anthropology from the University of California, Davis.




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Additional Resources


Liberating Structures Principles

The 7 Types of Rest That Every Person Needs, TED Talk, Saundra Dalton-Smith, MD




Contact Fisher S. Qua ([email protected]) or Anna Jackson ([email protected]) if you have additional questions about the content related to this webinar.

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