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Learning to Liberate, Liberated Learning

April 14, 2017 @ 12:30 pm - April 16, 2017 @ 1:00 pm

The Professional Development Initiative Presents:

Liberating Structures: Practical ways to invite greater freedom & responsibility in the classroom, boardroom, and laboratory 


In this three day workshop, both novice and experienced practitioners will develop confidence and skillfulness designing and applying Liberating Structures across a range of common situations while simultaneously encouraging even more imaginative or unusual use of the repertoire to generate better-than-expected results.

Together, we will explore how Liberating Structures make it possible to…

  • Unflatten the classroom by redesigning how many learning interactions are organized
  • Include, engage & unleash a wider dynamic range of voices during meetings and other gatherings
  • Realize more of the benefits of interdisciplinary research projects or groups by shifting conventional patterns of relating, coordinating, and deciding
  • Develop yourself professionally even as you move forward towards discovering what your ambitions really are
  • More widely distribute the freedom and responsibility for learning to more people
  • Reliably tap into the creative, generative intelligence of the group


  • Students- Undergraduate and graduate
  • Faculty
  • University staff & administrators
  • Pullman/Moscow community members

Liberating Structures introduce tiny shifts in the protocols of how we meet, plan, decide and relate to each other. They put the innovative and facilitative power once reserved for experts only in the hands of everyone. 

Date and Times: Friday April 14 (12:30-4:00 pm), Saturday April 15 (10:00 am- 4:00 pm), Sunday April 16 (10:00 am-1:00 pm).

*** We realize that the Sunday workshop (April 16) falls on Easter, we were unaware of the date when we made arrangements. We are sorry for any inconvenience this might cause and encourage participants to register for Friday or Saturday (or both) even if you cannot attend Sunday. Hope to see you there!

Location: Ensminger Pavilion (on the WSU Campus, on the corner of Wilson Road and Lincoln Drive)

Fisher Qua has a small consulting practice based in Seattle, WA (Back Loop Consulting) where they apply Liberating Structures to a wide variety of situations with a perfectly diverse mix of clients & partners – growing experience working with technical research & engineering teams. He has a BA from Bates College, MA (almost) from U of Michigan (Higher Education Administration), MEd from U of Washington (Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership). His past experiences in non-profit healthcare working with college students across WA state; taught 5-week class at Bates College (Spring 2016) on using Liberating Structures to make progress on developing and spreading positive peer-to-peer health practices.

All PDI events will be available to sites other than Pullman through a web link that will be emailed to you before the event. Please make sure to register on the link below and indicate at which WSU site you are located.

Please register for the event by clicking on the following link:

This Event is Free for WSU students, faculty, and staff


Day1 (April 14) Day 2 (April 15) Day 3 (April 16) 
Timing Structure and ContentTimingStructure and ContentTimingStructure and Content
12:00-12:30 pmLunch10:00 am-10:35 amDrawing Together and Impromptu Networking10:00-10:15 amAppreciative Interviews
12:40-1:00 pmImpromptu Networking 10:55- 11:25 amTRIZ10:15-10:35 amWicked Questions
1:05 pm- 1:35 pmWhat is Liberating Structures? Introduction by Fisher Qua
11:35 am -12:10 pmDaAD (Discovery and Action Dialogue) 10:45-11:05 am25/10
1:35-1:55 pm1-2-4-All12:20-1:05 pmLunch11:10 am-11:35 amAppreciative Interviews
2:05-2:10 pmBreak1:05-2:00 pmShift and Share11:45 am-12:15 pmSelection Matchmaker and Improv Prototyping
2:10- 2:20 pmHelping Heuristics2:05-2:25 pmCelebrity Interview with Dr. Arvind Singhal12:15-12:50 pm Open Space Technology
2:20-2:55 pmB2B Listening and HSR2:40-3:05 pmUsers Experience Fishbowl12:50-1:00 pmMad Tea Party
3:05-3:40 pmTroika Consulting
3:05-3:15 pmDebrief1:00-1:30 pmLunch
3:45- 4:00 pmSpiral Journal, 15% Solutions, and W3
3:15-3:40 pmSpiral Journal and 9 Whys
4:00-4:15 pmMad Tea Party3:50-4:00 pmImpromptu Networking


April 14, 2017 @ 12:30 pm
April 16, 2017 @ 1:00 pm
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Professional Development Initiative


Ensminger Pavilion
On the WSU Campus, on the corner of Wilson Road and Lincoln Drive
Pullman , WA 99164 United States
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(509) 335-2813