Mastering Virtual

Liberating Structures

Unleash creativity in your meetings through maximum participation

Liberating Structures is a framework created by Henri Lipmanowicz and Keith McCandless, intended to provide simple rules that make it easy to include and unleash everyone in shaping your future.

The framework consists of a collection of 33 structures or methods that introduce tiny shifts in the protocols of how we meet, plan, decide, learn, and relate to each other. They put the innovative power once reserved for experts only, into the hands of everyone.

Most organizations rely on what Henri and Keith refer to as conventional microstructures. These microstructures are structures we default to when meeting and organizing into groups. Examples of conventional microstructures include open discussion, brainstorm, status reports, managed discussion, and presentations. Every time you are having a conversation or a meeting you are using microstructures.

Conventional microstructures are limited in the number of participants and the control is isolated to one individual or a select few. As a result, these conventional structures routinely work together to stifle inclusion and engagement. Liberating Structures provides more effective alternatives to our conventional structures by including everybody regardless of group size and distributing the control of content among all participants.

Let our expert facilitators lead you through a Liberating Structures workshop. You’ll change your organization by liberating the participation and playfulness within your meetings.


Dec 8 & 9


5pm–9pm CDT




Dec 10 & 11


11am–3pm CDT



What to Expect

Facilitating effective outcomes is hard enough with small groups. In large groups, it requires special methods and skills. How do we distribute control and involve everyone in the shaping of the future? In this workshop, you will learn the principles behind why Liberating Structures work and experience specific structures that will allow you to tap into the room intelligence no matter how large the team. And, as an extra bonus, you’ll also learn how to do this virtually.

Who Should Attend

Agile Coaches

Creative Leads

Design Thinking Facilitators

Project Managers

Anybody Who Leads Meetings


Deep Work Session 1

Liberating Structures Principles

Deep Work Session 2

Leading With Purpose and Space

Deep Work Session 3

Leveraging the LS Match Maker for Workshop Design

Deep Work Session 4

Mastering Large Virtual Meetings

What You'll Learn

You learn the 12 principles of Liberating Structures, the 34 structures, and the design process followed by Liberating Structures expert to unleash and empower large diverse groups. Finally, you’ll add some serious tools to your toolkit. Through direct experience running 8 of the 34 you’ll walk away with the confidence to implement them immediately in your work.

How You'll Learn

The class will be activity-based with facilitation simulations and collaborative sessions. You’ll not only learn the concepts and principles, the why and how of the 34 liberating structures, you’ll also get to practice some of the methods in a safe space. We won’t just talk at you ; you’ll learn through doing, work with other participants, and get feedback. There will be plenty of time for Q&A, so you can learn from our experience running hundreds of workshops at some of the world’s largest enterprises.

Key Takeaways

Never Start Without a Clear Purpose(s)

Include and Unleash Everyone

Build Trust As You Go

Practice Self-Discovery Within a Group

Amplify Freedom AND Responsibility

Engage In Seriously-Playful Curiosity

Bringing a Team?

Discounts are 20% off for a group of 3-4

Discounts are 30% off for a group of 5+

Email for group discount codes

What People are Saying

"There are many choices for workshops, but in my mind there are very few who get it right. Douglas Ferguson and Voltage Control get it. If you are looking to learn a topic for the first time or level up your own skills or that of your team, then the virtual workshops offered by Voltage Control are a great option. Thanks to the workshops, we are now confidently moving beyond design thinking and regularly pushing prototypes into production."

Robert T.


"Anyone that can construct a sequence of conversations to lead others is a metaskill. Anyone who participates in meetings or owns an agenda would benefit from this. It is a whirlwind, but you are among others who are in charge of making an impact. This is a practical, hands-on deep dive for managers, entrepreneurs, and leaders who can change their culture by leading meetings like a pro."

Mark T.

head of services at mural

About Douglas

Douglas Ferguson is an entrepreneur and human-centered technologist with over 20 years of experience. He is Founder and President of Voltage Control, an Austin-based facilitation agency that specializes in helping teams work better together through participatory decision making and design inspired facilitation techniques. He has helped transform teams from U.S. SOCOM, the Air Force, Adobe, Dropbox, Fidelity, Vrbo, Liberty Mutual, Humana, and SAIC.

Douglas is a thought leader and master facilitator of Design Sprints, Innovation Workshops, Team Alignment Workshops, Transformations, Meeting Systems, and Culture Workshops. He is also the author of three books: Beyond the Prototype, How to Remix Anything (co-authored), and Start Within (co-authored).

Motivated by a mission to rid the world of horrible meetings and offer meaningful meetings in their place, Voltage Control is calling upon fellow facilitators to transform meeting and innovation culture. From free weekly community meetups to Control the Room–the annual facilitator summit, Voltage Control is building a community of facilitators to change the world.

About John

John is an entrepreneur and business coach. He is Chief Product Officer of Voltage Control, where we prototypes tools to help people facilitate better meetings. He enjoys designing technology through unlearning and the generous act of sonder. Prior to Voltage Control, John was Entrepreneur in Residence at Animal Ventures where he advised Fortune 100 leadership on their prototyping practices and led distributed software teams at the intersection of machine learning, robotics, and decentralized computing. John also worked directly with Google Ventures running Design Sprints and now coaches organizations how to develop rapid prototyping practices within their culture.

John is a co-author to two books with Douglas Ferguson: How To Remix Anything and Non-Obvious Guide to Fucking Awesome Meetings. He is finishing his third book Time Off - a look at how modern society is burning us out, why time off and creativity will be a crucial component to the future of human work, and the solutions to help us all prioritize our “rest ethic.” John spends his leisure time farming, hosting dinner parties, and practicing Jiu Jitsu. He graduated from University of Texas at Austin and is a proud alumni of Seth Godin’s altMBA.

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