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MAFN's January 13th Online Workshop: 6 Questions to Unlock Adaptive Strategy Options

  • 01/13/2023
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Online using Zoom


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Duration: 90-minute workshop

About the workshop

We’ve seen the strategic plans built painfully by a few, and ignored by all. We’ve seen plans break with unexpected events. Complex contexts require dynamic, adaptive strategy making and doing authored and owned by everyone, and fit for changing conditions. Join us to explore Knotworking, a strategy that weaves data and peoples’ stories into a coherent whole, grounded in data and relatable through stories. Explore the six compelling Knotworking questions and practice some of the processes to answer them using Liberating Structures, open source methods that spark lively engagement by minimally structuring the way we interact while liberating content and expertise.

Learning Objectives

In this session, participants will:

       Explore adaptive strategy making versus fixed strategy making.

       Explore the six Knotworking questions for strategy making and doing (and other useful purposes!)

      Experience 2-3 Liberating Structures as processes useful for adaptive strategy making 

 NOTE: This workshop will be recorded for distribution to all who register (breakout rooms will not be recorded).

This is a 90-minute online workshop. It will take place from 12:00pm to 1:30pm Eastern Time.


Nancy White helps organizations connect, learn and deliver results. Her practice includes online and offline interaction design, facilitator, and graphic facilitation. She focuses on NGOs, NPOs, government and communities. Nancy inventively weaves together process and theory to advance practices with people, putting learning at the center with achieving results. She is a passionate practitioner of Liberating Structures.

Nancy blogs at and is co-author with Etienne Wenger and John D. Smith of “Digital Habitats: stewarding technology for communities.” (


  • No refunds or credits for registration cancellations.
  • Registration closes at midnight the day before the workshop.
  • Registered participants will receive instructions for joining the live session and any additional details 1 day in advance and the morning of the event. Please be sure to look for the link in your email.
  • Workshops begin promptly at 12:00PM Eastern.  Please log on at least 15 minutes in advance to ensure your internet connections, audio and other settings are functioning properly.
  • MAFN Members have access to all online workshop recordings via the MAFN website.
  • For registration or membership questions contact

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