Liberating Structures: Simple Rules to Unleash A Culture of Innovation

Monthly SeaSPIN Meeting

Tuesday, January 7

Free and Open to the Software Engineering & IT Community

Rally Development, 135 Lake St South, Suite 100, Kirkland, WA 98033

Food & networking from 5:45 to 6:15 (munchies, soda )
Announcements from 6:15 to 6:30
Presentation from 6:30 to 7:45
Q & A from 7:45 to 8:15
Doors close at 8:30


Liberating Structures: Simple Rules to Unleash A Culture of Innovation
by Keith McCandless, founding partner - Social Invention Group

Liberating Structures (LS) inject tiny shifts in the protocols of how we meet, plan, decide and relate to one another and put in the hands of everyone the facilitative power once reserved for experts only. LS draw out social inventiveness and self-organization. They have been introduced successfully, used widely, and spread quickly in many settings, languages, and countries. Inspired by complexity science, they require minimal structuring while liberating maximum creative adaptability. Small micro-structural constraints enable more freedom AND more responsibility.


We will roll-up-our-sleeves and immediately begin applying 4-5 Liberating Structures during this session. TRIZ, Ecocycle Planning, and Helping Heuristics will be featured.


Speaker Bio

Keith McCandless, founding partner of the Social Invention Group in Seattle, is a consultant with expertise in innovating by including and unleashing everyone. He has co-developed Liberating Structures, a set of 33 methods or microstructures that make it easy for groups of people to be creative, adaptable, build on each other’s ideas, and get better than expected results. Liberating Structures were developed in Latin America and Europe. He calls himself a structured improvisationalist and a minimalist manager.

From 1992–2000, Keith led executive learning initiatives for the Health Forum (HF) in San Francisco. He was responsible for working with field-based learning collaboratives and managing education and research efforts. Prior to the Health Forum, Keith founded and served as the executive director of the Foundation for Health Care Quality in Seattle. The foundation brought together business and health leaders in a unique partnership to improve value in health care. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, he holds a master’s 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.