Liberating Structures Immersion Workshop Amsterdam

March 19th & 20th, 2018


Ever seen people tuning out during a boring presentation or status update? Experienced a brainstorm where only a handful of people were actively involved, while the rest was busy checking their phone? Been part of a group where only one or two people decide course and strategy? Lets face it; the way we communicate, collaborate, make decisions and analyze information in groups is fundamentally broken.

That’s why we are proud to present the first Liberating Structures Immersion Workshop in the Netherlands.

Liberating Structures (LS) inventor Keith McCandless and LS pioneer Fisher Qua will demonstrate these structures with the full participation of all attendees. Full participation means that attendees will experience first hand how LS make it easy to include and engage everybody no matter what the nature of the work or challenge is, and no matter how many people need to be included. Attendees will repeatedly see how LS give everybody the opportunity to work at the top of their intelligence and creativity.

Each workshop attendee will have many opportunities to discover how he/she can immediately make use of LS. Many lively examples will be shared to provide concrete inspiration. Every attendee will leave with at least one concrete application he/she can implement right away.

Immersion Workshops are designed to introduce participants to a large number of Liberating Structures very rapidly – it’s a fast “do one, do another one” method of learning. The purpose is to create awareness of the wide range of possibilities that Liberating Structures open up. Also, experiencing a large variety of structures demonstrates that there are many ways to address any particular challenge with one or a combination of LS.
Learning to use Liberating Structures is like learning a new language. First you learn individual words. Then you put them together into simple sentences and, pretty soon, you are stringing LS together and transforming the way you and your co-workers are working together and solving problems.


Why join?

This workshop is intended for professional facilitators, coaches, trainers and people that seek novel ways to involve people and teams (like Scrum Masters, Agile coaches, innovators, founders, etc).

Your catalysts

Keith McCandless

Keith McCandlessKeith is co-developer of Liberating Structures, co-founder of the Social Invention Group and co-author of the book “The Surprising Power of Liberating Structures – Simple Rules to Unleash a Culture of Innovation” (2014). Keith specializes in helping organizations to innovate and manage complexity by working with groups to unleash creativity, discover opportunities, and build on momentum. His eclectic skills have been honed with groups all over the world, and are grounded in organization development, complexity science, business strategy, and graphic facilitation—all with an improvisational twist.  He calls himself a structured improvisationalist.

Born in Cincinnati Ohio, he holds a Masters in Management of Human Services from Brandeis University in Boston and a BA from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. Keith lives in Seattle with his wife, Anne, and Deacon, a whippet with talent to amuse.


Fisher Qua

FisherWith a background in history, modern dance, health improvement, learning & development, and higher education management Fisher brings eclectic skills to his consulting work. He is primarily focused on organizing and structuring interactions that unflatten people’s imaginations while inviting them to contribute more of their intelligence. He uses Liberating Structures and other generative interaction patterns to help groups shape the future together. He holds a BA from Bates College, an MEd in College Sports Management from the University of Washington, and (almost) and MA from the University of Michigan in Higher Education Administration.




The Liberating Structures Immersion Workshop is going to take place at:

Impact Hub Amsterdam

Linnaeusstraat 2C

1092 CK Amsterdam


Local organizers

Barry Overeem

Barry Overeem is a freelance Scrum Master and Professional Scrum Trainer at He’s an active member of the Scrum community and shares his insights and knowledge by speaking at conferences, facilitating workshops and writings blog posts.
As a Scrum Master, Barry has a focus on creating successful teams with strong skills in self-organization and cross-functionality and a drive for continuous improvement. Barry supports Product Owners in visualising progress, creating a transparent Product Backlog and maximizing the value of the product. He helps organisations in making Scrum successful by supporting management in changing processes, procedures, culture and behavior.
Due to his strong focus on the principles of Agile and the values of Scrum, Barry ensures the spirit of Scrum is truly understood.


Christiaan Verwijs


Christiaan Verwijs enjoys bringing people together for positive change. With a background in organisational psychology (m.Ec) and information technology (b.Ec), he coaches teams in the area where technology and people meet. As a facilitator, trainer and coach he enjoys finding novel ways to engage and involve people to bring about new insights and increased collaboration. As a Scrum Master and coach, he frequently uses LEGO Serious Play, GameStorming, gamification and Liberating Structures to help teams improve continuously.
Over the years, Christiaan has coached over 100 teams from a variety of organizations. From startups to corporates, from governmental agencies to small businesses. Christiaan is an active contributor to the Agile community. He maintains a personal blog with over 100 posts and frequently speaks at Meetups and conferences (like the Scrum Day Europe).




Holisticon AG is a management and IT consulting company based in Hamburg, Germany. Their aim is to spread Liberating Structures all across Europe. Holisticon is the organizer of multiple immersion workshops, developer of the LS app, creator of the LS Design Cards, founder of the LS user groups in Hamburg and Hannover, and translator of LS to German. They have used Liberating Structures in their work with clients across industry sectors from small teams to large groups.


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