LEGOLAND Unconference in California, USA for trained and certified LSP facilitators

In Pro Community by Jacqueline Lloyd Smith, MA, MBA, (ATR), (CMC)Leave a Comment


Don’t miss the first annual LSP community meeting at LEGOLAND California, USA!

November 12 & 13th 2015  (escape the rain and snow in November and come to the Pacific Ocean!)

So far we have registrations from Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand, and Panama.

  • Learn more about the many varied ways of applying the LSP methodology
  • Create innovative and fun sessions in multiple novel ways using LSP
  • Broaden your network by connecting with other like-minded LSP certified professionals
  • Discover marketing ideas that could lead to new business opportunities
  • Receive a free copy of Strategic Play: The Creative Facilitators Guide Vol#1
  • Meet some special LEGO VIP’s

If you would like to present a spot light session -please let us know ASAP so we can review submissions and schedule you here.  We already have some great spotlight submissions and we are looking for more.

So far the submissions include:

LSP for high performing sports teams
LSP as a healing tool with First Nations Communities
The United Nations Leadership summit in New York City
Fairy Tales, LSP & the Hero’s Journey
What the Duck? Creative activities with duck bricks!
Research on LSP as a tool for building trust and risk taking in organizational culture.
LSP as a coaching tool with leaders.

Please register here and we will send you a link to the hotel in order to get the discounted hotel fee.  The fee will fluctuate depending on the date you book.  And you will be required to indicate who trained you and when and also provide any food allergies (no preferences please).

The meetings and unconference are free of charge however attendees will be responsible for collectively sharing in the costs of food and beverage which will be arranged by the organizers and the cost should be around 380.00 per person or less as per the hotels schedule of fees.

First step: Register here!


November 13, 2015 

7:00 pm Welcome reception

November 12, 2015

9:00 am Morning meeting

9:30-12:30 pm Interactive sessions including spotlight presenters and group activities.

12:30-2:00 pm Lunch together

 2:00-5:00 pm Un conference -facilitators showcase applications and techniques

5:00-5:30  Wrap up

5:30-7:00 pm – Free time to explore the park and shop

7:00-8:00 Dinner together -guest speaker and awards!

November 13, 2015

9:00 am Morning meeting

9:30-12:30 pm Interactive sessions including spotlight presenters and group activities.

12:30-2:00 pm Lunch together

 2:00-5:00 pm Un conference -facilitators showcase applications and techniques

5:15-5:30  Large debrief and close

Register now!

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#LSPdays2015 at Billund this Monday – Wednesday

In Serious Play Discussion by Marko RilloLeave a Comment

Tomorrow we’ll start with the annual meeting of LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® trained facilitators in Billund. We’ll have 98 attendees from 27 countries attending. There will be 16 scheduled presentations plus a lot of time for open space presentations and networking. During early morning some participants may join for run, yoga or meditation. Extra time on Wednesday morning will be allocated for LEGO factory tour on Kornmarken and a visit to LEGO Idea House at Systemvej.

For those who are unable to attend this year we suggest you to follow the posts of the event with Twitter hashtag: #LSPdays2015

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Using LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® in Teenager Occupational Guidance

In Serious Play Case Studies by Marko RilloLeave a Comment

This LEGO SERIOUS PLAY case study has been written by Evgenia Cherkashina and Albina Zalilova from Training&Development Group


CLIENT: Kaspersky Lab
TARGET AUDIENCE: Children and teenagers, 8 to 16 year old
PURPOSE: To help children to understand their calling/future
career using modern approach and making the process fun and exciting.
EVENT: “Detki vKLetke”, an event in Kaspersky Lab (global cyber security corporation), dedicated to International Children’s Day. 10+stations with different activities for employees’ kids.
SOLUTION: Lego® Serious Play® methodology + New Careers Atlas

What we did?

LEGO SERIOUS PLAY for Teenage Guidance by Training and Development Russia - Step 1

Step 1 / Getting Ready

We updated the standard occupational choices matrix, commonly used for teenager career consulting. Essentially, it is a table with careers distributed over table cells, located at intersections of activities and interaction objects.

The problem with the standard matrix is that almost a half of careers in it is completely outdated and uninspiring, like “Industrial training specialist”, “Woodcarver”, “Track walker”, “Fiscal policeman”, “Librarian” etc. We felt that using such careers as guidelines can forever ruin any kid’s learning motivation.

That is why we updated the matrix with new occupations from New Careers Atlas published by ASI (Agency for Strategic Initiatives) and Skolkovo Foundation and removed those that according to their forecasts will cease to exist in next 10 years.
We filled the matrix with careers of the future: space geologist, airship engineer, cross-logistician, eco-visionary, old age well-being manager, city farmer etc.

At this stage, we set out for ourselves that we will focus exclusively on the interest in particular object or occupation. We did not gauge abilities, as, based on our experience in teaching

Step 2 / Scripting

This stage was dedicated to creation of step-by-step script for Lego® Serious Play® process, formulation of The Main Question and questions for each step. The most important in this stage was to articulate questions the way that they could be interesting to our participants at the same time allowing us to identify interests of teenagers and their ideas about their perfect future.
We used two following questions as key turning points of the session:

  • “Build a model of your “best ever” day that happened to you”
  • How your best day looked like? What did you do? Who was around you? Why it was the best day?
  • “Build a model of your perfect day at work that will happen 20 years from now”
  • How your perfect day at work will look like? What are you doing? Why this is a perfect day?

The whole discussion and stories were built around these questions.

Step 3 / Session

The most important thing at this stage is to tell the group, honestly and openly, what we plan to do, why we do that and how we will do our job, what is going to be evaluated. This is extremely important when working with younger participants – they can be scared by facilitators, asking many questions, writing notes and observing.

Observations were focused on what participants enjoy doing the most, what attracts them, how they see themselves in the future, what do they represent in models they’ve built and what do they tell about them.

Individually, participants built models of themselves in the present and in the future, and then, assembled in group – a model of the City of the Future. The group could be easily engaged into discussion by a very simple question, asked after listening to the story of the model:

“Share your thoughts on his/her career, what do you think is the best for him/her?”

We must notice that in most cases suggestions were consistent

LEGO SERIOUS PLAY for Teenage Guidance by Training and Development Russia - Step 4


After having fun playing Lego, every participant received his or her “Ticket to the Future”. There facilitators marked one’s favorite activity, which represented itself in models (e.g. research, engineering, managing etc.) and objects in models that participant interacted with (e.g. people, animals, machines) and marked by participant as valuable and interesting. At the end of the session, our young participants were to find career options in the matrix. Kids were active, searching and trying on different career options. They enjoyed the process and raced off to share the news with their parents.


When all was over, our young participants were happy and inspired. Many of them told us that they did not know about such careers and considered them just a part of their dreams before participating in our event. Parents received a roadmap to action – directions for development of their children, knowledge of areas where their kids already want to work, a list of useful skills that are to be developed, where to go to learn the profession and what companies already search for such employees.

Overall, it was a super funny event, with everyone happy. Kids definitely appreciated the ability to choose a career the funny and playful way. And the results, well, they amazed us. It felt like we really managed to look into the future and wonderful “Kaspersky Kids” were our guides on that road.


  • Children have no blocks and do not fear to look 20 years forward. They joined the process and started building models of themselves in the future without any hesitation. It’s absolutely natural to them – the thing that troubles many adults when they are met with such question.
  • Kids younger than 11-12 years old gave a highly detailed and clear answer on who they want to be. For kids older than 12, socially expected answers were more frequent, however they still notice – “Mom says so”.
  • Our young participants are completely different from kid and teenage ourselves – they openly talk about their emotions and share their feeling and statuses within the group.
  • Most common occupations are researchers, inventors, environmentalists (children really worry about endangered animals and pollution, even the baker is going for environmentally friendly bread, “not that one, from supermarkets”) machine designers, game designers, space explorers. No lawyers and economists at all.
  • Kids love to communicate and many of them see the use of their talents in the field of enlightenment. Not education, but enlightenment – they are ready to promote the ecological way of life and humane treatment to each other.

Hints for facilitators

  • Groups of 6-7 children with 1 facilitator per group are required for efficient work. Facilitator’s job is to watch and make notes on what children like to work with and what kind of activity appears in their models.
  • It’s better to warn children beforehand that you are going to make notes. That will help to relieve alertness and let children be more open during the session.
  • Occupational matrix can be printed in large format and placed on the floor, so children could search their career and mark it with a cube or toy.
  • Kids need no time to develop skill, like in LSP standard session. The fact that they know Lego from a very young age allows them to build very complex and highly metaphorical models. They brilliantly use it as visualization and comprehension tool.

We’d like to thank Ekaterina Vodopyan, Head of Training and Development, Kaspersky Lab, HQ and her colleagues for hard and interesting tasks and for productive and joyful co-creation.

Attend a free inspiration seminar on LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®

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Do you want to learn more about LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®? LEGO-FIGURER

– Then attend to IntHRface popular inspiration seminar in Dragør.

The seminar will be facilitated in danish by IntHRface.

28. Sep. from 9.30 am – 12  am. 

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Lego Serious Play – Hands On

In Serious Play Discussion by Marko RilloLeave a Comment

wrote the following post for LinkedIn pulse.

I was very curious about Lego Serious Play methodology when I first heard of it, so I eagerly subscribed to a presentation event in Ticino, organised by Fondazione Agire.I am not going to talk about what Lego Serious Play is or is not, as everyone could probably know more than I do with 15 minutes of googling. But I would like to share my experience.

I volunteered to play with Lego… (no…. wait, that was last night at home when I had to choose between entertain the kids or do the clean up). I volunteered to be part of a communication experiment. Other two attendees and me were taken in a room with a Lego platform for each one of us, plenty of bricks around and a task: build your own idea of “innovation“.

Now… where do I start? For sure I am able to build a star ship, or a police car, or a castle… but where do you start from, when you need to build a concept? I was totally stuck! Then one of the guy organising the event said the “unlocking” phrase: “if you don’t know where to start from, take bricks in your hands and start building… the idea will follow”. That was it!

I don’t know what kind of magic happens when you hold Lego bricks… I immediately started to think: “what is innovation for me?”. I thought: “innovation is not just something new…. it is a path, an experience…”. (Of course my whole concept can be argued and could sound like total garbage, but is not the point. And in fact I found interesting that “innovation” was something different for each of us). Then I thought: “You start to innovate when you want to change something in better. Doing that you face an experience that start to elevate yourself from something maybe comfortable, solid, but so traditional that could be even boring. Than you take risks, you go towards instability and maybe to a dangerous path. But your attempt of innovation builds in you an experience that somehow elevates yourself from where you were standing before. Now you have a much wider view of everything around, regardless of the success of your innovative achievement”. (As I said before: don’t focus on the thoughts, but on the process :-).

So I built a traditional little bridge, solid and safe, monochromic and boring. On top of it, a little mini figure was sitting comfortably. Then I built another bridge, much higher that was seating on top of two tall pillars. Unstable, but with style somehow. Bigger and connected with arcs. To achieve the top of it the little mini figure had to climb a ladder.And he was standing on that (not sitting) with pride. I thought to have expressed everything I have written above, with a language more efficient than words that perhaps I was not able to tell.

A curious fact. I originally plugged in the two little men as one looking at one direction and one in another one. Then I thought: “this is not right: they have to look at the same direction”. Why? I wasn’t sure… but it was definitely wrong as it was and right to let them face the same direction. I presented my model to the audience and they had to “read it” without hints. Impressively enough, several people found meanings to the fact that the two little man were looking at the same direction: “because they are targeting the same goal”, “because the focus doesn’t change regardless or where they are”, “because in a company we may have people with different views of the picture (the one at the top as broader sight), but it is important that we all look at the same goal”, etc.

So they were able to read something that I was not able to express with words, but I did express with Lego.

This for me was a crucial point: developers – as I am – sometime are not really able to communicate some idea using a language that is totally understandable by non technical people. In this case, Lego helped a transversal communication.

Another aspect: one premise was that typically in a meeting 20% of the people talk 80% of the time. I can confirm this figure, although I am not able to say if it is because of some form of fear/respect towards more senior people, or because real luck of talking skills or something else. Whatever: with Lego people felt very compelled to share their own opinion and the organisers claim that that 20/80 disappear. Based on the little I saw, I am keen to believe this…. as we are talking about a Lego model after all!

In conclusion: would I like to use this methodology? Definitely yes.

Where would I apply it? Personally for a brain storming activity or kick off of a project for example.

Did I enjoy it? Yes, both: the process and the outcome.

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Kindle Version of Strategic Play Book Now Available

In Serious Play Library by Marko RilloLeave a Comment

StrategicPlayBookAmazon released now also Kindle version of the Strategic Play book. So those of you who prefer reading eBooks can now download it using by clicking the photo of the book. As a kind reminder about the contents: Jacqueline Lloyd Smith & Denise Meyerson (2015) Strategic Play The Creative Facilitator’s Guide Our community members Jacquie and Denise allow you to benefit from their years of experience in training, facilitation, and design space to prepare memorable LEGO SERIOUS PLAY experiences.

Some time ago I also wrote a brief description of the book here.