Liberating Structures Immersion Workshop Brussels

March 12th & 13th, 2018

iLean and Holisticon are proud to present the first Liberating Structures Immersion Workshop in Belgium.

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.

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.


Please get your tickets directly from the iLean website.

Ticket prices include lunch, snacks and softdrinks for both days.

We have individual scholarships available for students. Please contact us so we can work something out!


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

Factory Forty

Rue des Anciens Etangs 40

1190 Brussels


Local Organizers


Don’t you also think that the world of work is changing? We at iLean believe that organisations, teams and individuals will benefit from more autonomy, more agility and more passion.
iLean supports this by helping teams and organisations successfully self-organise around a clear purpose. This leads to happier people expressing their full potential in their jobs. Imagine what such happy and passionate people could mean for your customers and stakeholders.
Change isn’t easy nor predictable. Therefore, we mainly act as a coach during your journey. And we bring our expertise in cultures and techniques such as Agile, Lean, Scrum, Kanban, Management 3.0, Non Violent Communication, Sociocracy 3.0, Holacracy, Open Space, Teal, etc.


Frederic Vandaele

Fred is a practitioner, facilitator, speaker and tinkerer on Agile IRL, Art of Hosting and Liberating Structures. He works as a Consultant for Trasys International. His daily goal is to accompany European Institutions in their transition to a participatory leadership approach involving shared leadership. He’s also a learner, dad and readaholic.




Holisticon 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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