Here's what past students have to say about practicing Liberating Structures at Greaterthan Academy:
"I'm walking away with amazing strategies for engaging communities online, practices that will give every person a voice, and a global network of people who continue to be curious about what more is possible." - Mary Beth Lepkowsky
"I appreciated the approach to LS as a practice to develop, and the structure of the Studio as a way to learn something complex like holding space." - Tomomi Sasaki
"This studio was the perfect introduction into LS! The setup made for a very special experience in which everybody could get exactly out of it what they needed." - Ben Visser
“What I experienced was so powerful and so amazingly done. My gosh it is astonishing what we can do as humans with a proper use of technology! I'm myself in the middle of a big shift and yes, definitely this cohort helped me to make another step toward my purpose. Really, really a great way to learn, interact, and meet interesting people and stay engaged. Really well done!” - Massimo Lavelli
“I really enjoyed the 'learn and practice together' format of the LS Studio, and I got a lot of value from working with people from different countries and different professional backgrounds. It's been a great experience, I'd recommend it for anyone, experienced with LS or just getting started.” - Mark Russell
“The LS Studio was very beneficial! Thank you Susan and Stefan for your dedication and commitment. You created an environment where everyone was ready to share and learn. You were also very creative in finding virtual ways to reproduce the face-to-face experience. Not an easy challenge, but you did it! I personally learned a lot and feel more at ease with LS when facilitating.” - Hadia Himmat
“Susan and Stefan are a wonderful duo--gracefully bouncing off of one another, and modeling true collaborative facilitation and healthy colleagueship! Learning from their facilitation style was an unexpected yet major value-add for me. I can't wait to continue learning with and from them.” - Stephanie Sousloff
“It was such a great experience that I could actually experience LS string together with other participants who were very keen to learn. I feel grateful that I learned from Susan and Stefan. As I was new to facilitation, I appreciated that their facilitation was always comfortable and fun that I really felt the value of LS.” - Michi Migita
“Susan and Stefan really embodied the spirit around LS. The time I spent in the course was always something I looked forward to and could have spent more time with. Even with the variety of needs in the studio, I believe I (and others) walked away with many learnings, new tools and connections.” - Frances Tee
“For someone like me who didn't know much about Liberating structures, the LS studio acts as an excellent introduction. Susan and Stefan are seasoned facilitators who have carefully designed this learning experience. Never have I looked forward to 6 am meetings more.” - Zainab Kakal
“Taking the LS Studio workshop with Stefan and Susan was a great learning experience in many senses! Besides having the opportunity to learn the LS by doing with a super diverse group, I also experienced several facilitation moves and tools that strengthened my virtual facilitation skills. I would also like to highlight the kind, empathic and professional way that both Susan and Stefan led the group through active listening, fun and rigour. Don't hesitate, this course is a must for your utility belt!” - Reinaldo Campos
"The program is essential for those who want to lead and work differently by tapping into collective intelligence. It will walk you through many of the 33 Liberating Structures with sensitivity and acumen. You will also get a chance to join a very active and giving community, and, for those that can, be able to self organise in order to practice between sessions. Walk the talk and enjoy the ride..." - Philip Clark
"Susan and Stefan were G-R-E-A-T facilitators in this great facilitation training. Experiencing the structures is a "must have" for designing and facilitating on my own. Thank you!" - Guy Amir
"I had already had a course on LS, but this course enabled a much deeper connection amongst the participants. A lot of deep insights and reflections emerged in the discussions and helped me make meaning of my own practice much better. I am leaving the course with a much wider perspective of the work with LS and of the work that I already do as a facilitator." - Cuca Righini
"Wonderfully enriching sessions, calmly facilitated - thank you :)" - Helen Triggs
"The virtual LS studio has been the highlight of my last 3 months. I got to experience a welcoming, inclusive, safe space to contribute, to participate using Liberating Structures and to lean into my authentic strengths, beliefs, emerging thoughts and emotions. It has been a unique space to see how not only we unfolded as individuals but also how the group unfolded and connected over time.
Susan, with her masterful presence to hold space for silence of more challenging, emotional situations, her usage of clean, inclusive language were two outstanding qualities that I am grateful for having had the chance to experience and enjoy.
Stefan's facilitation has been creative, fun, vivid and maintained a great energy and curiosity in our group. His openness to be vulnerable and share personal "imperfect" stories broke the ice early on and created a sense of safety for wholesome contribution from all."
- Andrea Darabos