Liberating Structures (LS) provide a user-friendly toolkit to shift group power dynamics and allow all stakeholders to contribute. We explored the novel use of LS in soil health extension to conduct high-engagement events with diverse stakeholders. Our goals were to promote social learning, networking, and to encourage innovation. Soil health themes emerged highlighting specific practices, and the necessity of addressing broader scope issues of education, economics, and policy. Participants reported increased knowledge of soil health, professional connections, and forecasted participation in soil-health-promoting activities. Participants also expressed a sense of community, expanded perspectives, and appreciation of the co-development process.
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McFarland, C. R., Friedrichsen, C., Tao, H., & Friesen, M. L. (2022). Working Together for Soil Health: Liberating Structures for Participatory Learning in Extension. The Journal of Extension, 60(2), Article 2. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.60.02.02