Designing Authentic Connections Conference Session:

Liberating More Authentic Connection

Keith McCandless & Liza Sitton

Category: Emerging Operating Models

Keith McCandless is co-author of “The Surprising Power of Liberating Structures – Simple Rules to Unleash a Culture of Innovation.” In a diverse array of public and private organizations, I help people take on complex challenges and innovation efforts. I have guided liberating initiatives in health, education, science, and business across Latin America, Europe, Canada, Asia and the US. I specialize in unleashing everyone to work at the top of their collective intelligence and imagination. I call myself a “structured improvisationalist.” 

Born in Cincinnati Ohio, he holds a Masters in Management of Human Services from Brandeis University in Boston and a BA from Evergreen State College in Olympia Washington. He lives in Seattle with his wife and Deacon, a whippet with talent to amuse.

Liza Sitton has been developing organizations for over 20 years. She is a Senior Leadership Development Consultant for Kaiser Permanente and has also worked externally and in previous roles in Organization Development with a focus on helping people become great leaders and building cultures where people can do their best work and thrive.

She’s a co-founder of the Los Angeles Liberating Structures Group and created the Authentic Connection model. She holds a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and a Masters in Organization Development from Pepperdine.

Bring more of your deeper-funner-truer-complex self to the virtual world… and your design work.  We will tap Gestalt, Mad Tea, and superpowered Wicked Questions, playfully drawing out more complexityin you and others simultaneously.  We will explore together a connection model that liberates authenticity.   


In this roll up your sleeves session, we will have serious fun liberating more authentic connections with a handful of Liberating Structures and the Authentic Connection Model.

Our goal is to invite you to bring more of your deeper-funner-truer-complex self to design work even as you make this possible for others around you. We believe drawing out more complexity–in yourself and others simultaneously–makes it possible to more productively face up to tough challenges.

Three bold ideas shape the session:  1. Change-by-design cannot be broad enough to make a real difference unless a large number of people become fully and authentically involved; 2. The complexity of challenges we face are most productively addressed when matched to the diversity of attributes people bring to their work; and, 3. Focusing on action and next steps to address shared challenges generates momentum & hopefulness. 

Finally, we are designing interaction with a high degree of variability at the micro-scale experienced as imaginative play while retaining metastability at the macro-scale experienced as creative or useful results.

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    Our conference is spread over 6 days in a two-week window. We have designed the conference to be inclusive of multple time-zones.

    *Please note that our agenda is still evolving and that5 timings and details may change.

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    2021 Conference Ticket

    Includes full access to the ODF 2021 Virtual Conference, Designing Authentic Connections: Spread across 6 days, our conference is intelligently designed to achieve virtual learning and engagement with world class keynotes, problem solving peer sessions, experiential lab space, and supported networking.


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