In April of 2015, the practice of liberating structures (LS) came to the White House.
Some 60-plus leaders of hospitals and clinical care systems, faith networks, and community organizations gathered in the nation’s Executive Office to create actionable plans to increase access to health care and preventive services, promote community health and wellness, by aligning their missions, visions, and assets.
Over the two-days, the following Liberating Structures sequence guided the White House deliberations in a narrative sequence:
Impromptu Networking set the stage for discussions, focusing on the challenges faced in collaboration and alignment of clinical systems, faith, and community assets.
Participants then discovered root causes of success with Appreciative Interviews and 1, 2, 4, All, shared innovations with Shift and Share (two rounds), learned and generated questions through a User Experience Fishbowl, generated actionable ideas through Crowdsourcing/25 Gets You 10, decided who needed to work with whom through Social Network Webbing, built upon those ideas with Troika and 15% Solutions, and debriefed the experience with 1, 2, 4, All.
Gary Gunderson of Stakeholder Health captured the significance of the meeting in his blog titled: Trellis, Reflections on a White House Meeting.
What did the participants think of the process?
Here's one reaction.
Surprise: “It was highly relational and not what I expected;” “These two days were unconventional and I have been continued to be blown away by the trust of the process and commitment to the process.”
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