"I entered the Liberating Structures immersion experience with only a vague idea of what Liberating Structures is all about. I left with first hand experience with a dozen different Liberating Structures that I can put to use in my work setting and my volunteer roles to improve collaboration, build culture, and deepen collective commitment. The immersion experience was rich with new learning and opportunities to network with professionals from across Bellingham, and left me inspired and wanting to learn more."
Analisa Ficklin / Principal on Special Assignment / Bellingham Public Schools
LIBERATING STRUCTURES BELLINGHAM-USER GROUP SCHEDULE
WELCOME AND JUMPING INTO IMPROMPTU NETWORKING!
We will start right at 4:30 pm sharp jumping into our first Liberating Structure of the evening! Then we will follow an LS string to help people learn who is in the room, why you've chosen to join in the fun and to envision our future together.
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BELLINGHAM LIBERATING STRUCTURES
USER GROUP FOUNDERS
Ignite and Fuel Lifelong, Flourishing Changemakers! Art Sherwood is the David Cole Professor of Entrepreneurship chair, Academic Program Director for Entrepreneurship and innovation at Western Washington University and an instruction team member for the Centre for Executive Education at the United Nations Established University for Peace. As a professor, he teaches and researches well-being and what it takes to build grit with a special focus on flourishing practices for lifelong changemaking. He calls on the dynamic co-creation concepts and tools of strategy, design thinking, human-centered design, business and venture modeling, evidence-based entrepreneurship & innovation, liberating structures, creative problem solving, cooperation and self-leadership to facilitate and support emerging and existing changemakers, leaders, teams and organizations. He is the co-founder of multiple ventures including his current work withinnovate68.com and flourishingchangemaker.com and is a co-owner of Columinate.coop.
David finds joy in unlocking latent resources in organizations, by increasing engagement and innovation. He brings 14 years of non-profit experience as a fundraiser, and most recently as a Director of Development. David is passionate about improving systems and organizational health so we can build resilience and put more energy towards our mission. He is a member of the Applied Improv Network and the Association of Fundraising Professionals/Advancement NW. In 2018 he founded Be Present Discover Joy Consulting and his clients include: United Way of King County, Peace Health, Skagit Valley College Foundation, Non-GMO Project, Bastyr University, and the USDA’s Center for Training and Development. David attended the first ever Global Gathering of Liberating Structures practitioners in March 2019. He tells people to think of the most boring conference you can imagine, and then imagine the opposite! Yes, great content, and stellar design that was engaging, collaborative, and productive. BePresentDiscoverJoy.com
Kristine is driven by a passion to empower people and teams to impact the world in meaningful ways. She began her career in elementary education, has spent the last 10 years managing university mentoring and entrepreneurship programs, received an MBA from Western Washington University, where she also participated in Liberating Structures courses. She also recently received her Diploma in Social Innovation through the United Nations University for Peace's Centre for Executive Education. Kristine believes the best solutions to our biggest challenges originate when people collaborate and share ideas.
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WHAT ARE LIBERATING STRUCTURES?
"Liberating Structures introduce tiny shifts in the way we meet, plan, decide and relate to one another. They put the innovative and faciliative power once reserved for experts only in hands of everyone. Thirty-three adaptable microstructures make it quick and simple for groups of people of any size to radically change how they interact and work together. LS can replace or complement the big five conventional approaches that people use all the time: presentations, managed discussions, status reports, brainstorms, and open discussions. In contrast, LS are designed to include and unleash everyone in shaping their future."