Beyond Getting Started
Learning to use Liberating Structures is like learning a new language. First you learn individual words. Then you put them together into a simple sentence and soon you are speaking series of sentences in the new language. Beyond the beginning, below are resources to boost your LS fluency.
Matching Matrix + LS Selection Matchmaker
You may want to start evaluating your progress "learning the language" within your group or unit. You can use the IEQ Survey (the Inclusion and Engagement Quotient survey) as a baseline measure and periodically as you proceed. The survey helps you self-assess efforts to include and unleash everyone in shaping their next steps.
In the Liberating Structures Menu each structure is described by a single sentence, there to help you decide when to use it. When one Liberating Structure is sufficient for handling a small routine situation, that single sentence will capture and communicate the essence of what will happen. The Matching Matrix + the LS Selection Matchmaker will help you design more complex objectives in mind.
As you progress from simple applications to spicier projects or more ambitious goals that require more steps, you will need to connect several sentences to describe and think through what will happen. In other words, you will need not one or two Liberating Structures but a sequence of them. We call these sequences strings and more elaborate sequences storyboards. Constructing strings and storyboards that are adapted to your challenges and have a powerful impact is a beyond the beginning step in mastering the language of Liberating Structures.
A handful of insights have popped into view since we published the book in 2014. They come from observing what users in the far flung LS community are accomplishing. The following themes have been “slow cooking.”
The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend. Henri Bergson