WELCOME!

Welcome – so glad you found us! We’d love to have you join us or host us at your organization or community group.  Whether your goal is to learn more fun facilitation techniques, team build, or liberate yourself from traditional boring meeting processes while effectively moving toward your goal  – we’ve got your back.  We do our best to focus on your real world challenges and provide methods for seeing them in new light.

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Enjoy the blog posts below.  Forgive us for our brevity here as we tend to get lots of our learning and work done in person rather than digitally.  (That said, if you or anyone you know is interested in some digital volunteer work, we’d love to have you.)  To learn more about how we started, have a peek at the ABOUT page.

Cheers from the convener team,

Amanda, Bruce, and Cathy

Yes and Philly is a network of people who gather to exchange ideas, gain insight, experiment and solve YOUR current real life challenges using complexity based practices such as Liberating Structures, visual thinking, and community storytelling.  

 

learning exchange

In October, we had a learning exchange – in other words, we taught each other LS and other activities to make meetings more meaningful! People presented current challenges, which we used as prompts in some activities. Since the challenges we were working with were real, there was definite satisfaction and learning at the end of the session.

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Together, we built our agenda, moving different activities around with sticky notes. We started with some straight up fun called Zip Zap Zop, then moved to short introductions. We were able to use current questions participants would use in their own upcoming work meetings. We tried out 25/10 (an LS exercise) with a participant prompt something like: How might you best support foster kids and their parents (foster parents &/or birth parents)? The group came up with lots of interesting ideas from grandparent mentoring to a community event type day where everyone makes something together and….

Then together we experienced the ‘Stuck Exercise‘ often used in Social Presencing Theatre. (An activity created by Arawana Hayashi.)

And over some snacks, we talked about the LS exercise ecocycle planning & began a conversation with the prompt: What ‘i-n-g’ word would you use to describe our group and what we are all about? Perhaps this is where we will start our conversation next time!

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There was also time and space to ask questions about how and why Liberating Structures (LS) work. They literally ‘liberate’ us from traditional meeting styles where someone stands at the front of the room and talks ‘at’ an audience which has no opportunity to share opinions, thoughts, knowledge, etc.

Until next time!