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Liberating Structures Learning Activities

Liberating Structures offer 33 alternative approaches to working together that can replace or complement more controlling or constraining approaches. These activities are appropriate for students, educators, administrators, and healthcare providers—anyone working in teams.

By introducing tiny shifts in the way people meet, plan, decide and relate to one another, Liberating Structures put innovative power in the hands of everyone. They quickly foster lively participation in groups of any size, making it possible to truly include and unleash everyone. They can be used by anyone at any level. No lengthy training courses or special talents are required. Liberating Structures are quite simple and easy to learn.

To learn more about Liberating Structures and how to incorporate them into your workplace, student or educator training programs, or any other team-driven efforts, visit

Learning goals:

  • Include and engage all participants.
  • Foster the sharing and understanding of ideas and different perspectives.
  • Break down barriers to communication created by traditional/organizational hierarchies.


Keith McCandless and Henri Lipmanowicz developed Liberating Structures through work inspired and informed by complexity science, beginning within a community of shared interests formed around the Plexus Institute. Henri and Keith continue to make complexity science insights practical to use in organizations of all types and in any location and provide a variety of resources on their website at