Strategic Play® Group Ltd. Utilized LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY™ with the Canadian RSA

On March 7, 2012, Canadian Fellows of the Royal Society for the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA) and Friends of the Society met in Vancouver to discuss the strategic direction for the group going forward. The evening was kindly sponsored by University Canada West. “It was a splendid evening that sparked a great deal of solid, forward-looking discussion from everyone,” stated Dr. Charles McCaffray, who helped to organize the event.

Approximately fifty five people participated and Lynn Broadbent, Fellowship Director from Washington, D.C., joined the group for the occasion.  “It was lots of fun and a really interesting approach to creative thinking,” said Ms. Broadbent.

Around the world, fellows are utilizing design thinking to address social issues ranging from prison reform to revitalization of local libraries. LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY™ is a great tool to facilitate design thinking processes.  Stephen Murgatroyd and Charles McCaffray reviewed pressing issues being addressed globally, and narrowed the list to nine hot button topics they felt were relevant today in Canada.

Graphic posters displayed around the room indicated the nine areas for discussion. The groups self-sorted by selecting a topic they felt passionate about for small group work. The topics included:

1. Public Engagement and Collaboration: To enhance neighborhood police services

2. Improving Substance Abuse Services: Through the engagement and support of drug users

3. Making Connections for New Canadians:  Working to ensure a sustainable future

4. Transformation of Local Libraries: Creating business hubs for lifelong learning

5. The Social Enterprising Prison: Creating programs for inmates to give back, while building needed skill sets

6. Rethinking Education: Creating systems and practices that are truly learner centered

7. Easing Social Isolation and Loneliness of Seniors: Through service redesign

8. People Centered Cities: Creating better public space that’s lively, healthy, attractive, sustainable, and safe

9. Energy and the environment: The path forward

Small groups, comprised of five to seven people, were formulated and worked together using systematic creativity facilitated by members of the Strategicplay® Group from Vancouver.  Individually and also in teams, the groups used LEGO® bricks to build 3Dimensional metaphors to gain a deeper understanding of these complex issues.  The facilitated discussions allowed participants to see, hear, and experience rich conversations, to unearth perspectives from all participants.

Clearly, from the participation and energy in the room, there was great interest in the topics. Next steps include the formulation of a planning committee, which will work with the larger group to narrow the focus areas down to three topics with the aim of putting serious action projects together. The group also hopes to attract new members. So if these topics interest you, please review the RSA website and consider joining their next discussion:

For more information on Strategic Play with LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY™

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Redesigned Website

Our Serious Play Pro community website celebrates its 2nd birthday. Starting up as a small website for a few enthusiasts a year ago the average number of daily unique visits to the website was just 10-30 hits. In the past 3-4 months we have reached the average of 50-60 daily hits. Since the beginning of 2012 there have already been several days where more than 100 unique visitors have been to our community website. Not bad!

In order to improve the website performance for this increased number of visitors we have spent some hours during past couple of weeks in redesigning and streamlining. To the outside you may see that the difference is minor. Only the layout looks somewhat modernized. Most changes have happened to the engine that is located in the server side. However, these changes also affect a couple of issues at the front-end.

  1. We have disabled the Facilitator Database page because of a security vulnerability. I.e. for the time being we won’t have a public list of who is certified facilitator and who is not. If you want to know where somebody could come and help you then just go ahead and ask us. And for our certified facilitators – I hope that this will call for more active and interesting contributions – as this will be your chance to shine and attract more attention of the clients. :-)
  2. To increase the speed of the website we disabled a module that allowed picture gallery slideshows. However, it is still possible to use photos on individual posts and on profile pages.
  3. We have revised the events module. Those of you – certified facilitators who have the right to add events: after logging just go to: and select “Add an event” from the bottom. Fill the blanks (Title, Description, Date/Time, Location), press Publish and voila!
  4. From the previous individual posts of LSP-related library we have generated a single page of LSP-related books: – Should you have some good ideas what books to add then just comment for the community.

Let us know what do you think!

LSP-Powered Stakeholder Consultation Workshop on Energy Efficiency Policy in Indonesia

Case study: Using LEGO SERIOUS PLAY in a multi-cultural, multi-lateral stakeholder engagement context

Energy Efficiency Workshop
Energy Efficiency Workshop

GIZ/PAKLIM and DANIDA/EINCOPS are development cooperation programmes respectively funded by the German and Danish governments, supporting the Indonesian government in its efforts to address issues related to climate change, particularly through improving energy efficiency, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Many institutions in Indonesia are also involved in mitigating climate change effects. Apart from Denmark and Germany, a number of international donors including AUSAID, USAID, AFD (France), IFC/World Bank, JICA (Japan), and the Dutch development agency. In addition, a few professional development and certification organisations are promoting competing Energy Management standards. Academic and research establishments are also conducting programmes to further knowledge about the causes, impacts, and mitigation approaches for greenhouse gas emissions. All these parties, depending on the exact nature of their activities deal with a variety of government ministries: Strategic Planning, Finance, Environment, Industry, Energy, and Education, to name a few. All of these institutions are typically seeking recognition for their own work and are reluctant to recognise the value of the contribution of others.

Previous attempts to document all of these activities have resulted in partially-completed tables in Microsoft Word or Excel, quickly obsolete.

When Dr. Joyce Miller, certified LSP facilitator, took over the leadership of the GIZ/PAKLIM’s Industry Component, she knew that an LSP-powered workshop would help to develop a clearer vision of what each actor was doing, and with luck, it would create a dynamic for community building and collaboration, rather than reinforcing the prevailing one of competition. Moreover, she suggested that the workshop itself be seen as a demonstration of a collaboration between GIZ and DANIDA. As Joyce wished to contribute fully to the proceedings and get to experience LSP as a participant for a change, I was asked to design and facilitate the workshop.

The Event
The GIZ/PAKLIM-DANIDA/EINCOPS Stakeholder Workshop on Energy Efficiency was held at the Méridien Jakarta Hotel on 21 November 2011. A last-minute change in rooms (requested by the hotel to accommodate another client) meant that some of the participants were a little confused, but this venue, which was on the same floor as already communicated, gave us some extra space, which definitely made the facilitation of the workshop easier.

No one, apart from Joyce and one colleague on the PAKLIM side, knew anything of the methodology or the process.

The workshop ran according to the following programme:

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TED Talk on Role of Introverts in Groupwork

Susan Cain Video at TED

Over the last 50 years we indeed have gained much new knowledge about how we as humans develop and learn best. From new understandings of multiple forms of intelligence, various learning styles and how our different kinds of personalities work and collaborate. And where Lego Serious Play shows its distinct qualities and ability to embrace these. I recently ran a educational LSP workshop with 5-6 years old children. One of them showed typical signs of being introvert (not being shy) and the LSP process created the space he needed. This link focuses on the different characteristics of being “introvert or extrovert”.

Who are they and where do they come from?

Since Open Source was implemented in 2010 I have done a fair amount of facilitator training sessions. I thought it would be interesting to compile a small survey casting some light on the demography of the participants. When I look at who they are in terms of “why LSP/where do you plan to apply LSP ? “ four categories appear:

I: Commercial purpose
52% plan to use it as part of their commercial consultancy business
II: In-house purpose

24% plan to use it inside their current company or organization
III: Education

20% plan to use it as part of their teaching approach – primarily college education
IV: Research

4% plan to use LSP as a research tool or do research in LSP

With regards to “where do they come from” LEGO SERIOUS PLAY definitely have global appeal.  38 nationalities have been represented in these training sessions.

To learn about our 2012 schedule for the facilitator training sessions in Europe, Asia, North American and Central America please check out our website or send an email to


LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY™ Facilitator Training for Spanish People (Formación con Soporte en Español)

México y España como escenario de las nuevas formaciones de facilitadores con la Metodología y las Herramientas de LEGO®SERIOUS PLAY™

Nuevas Fechas y Lugares para la Formación de Facilitadores con Robert Rasmussen y Lucio Margulis de Juego Serio™.

T3 Programa de Formación de Facilitadores de la Metodología y las Herramientas de LEGO© SERIOUS PLAY™ por Rasmussen Consulting y Juego Serio™

-  España –  25 al 28 de Junio de 2012

- México –  7 al 10 de Julio de 2012

Formación en Madrid Febrero de 2012
Formación de Facilitadores en España


Facilitation Training with Robert Rasmussen and Lucio Margulis

Aprenda a usar la metodología y las herramientas de LEGO®SERIOUS PLAY™

¿Qué daría usted para lograr una total participación y la aprobación de los principales actores (stakeholders) en las decisiones que afectan a las áreas críticas de un negocio?

¿Cómo impactaría en sus programas de formación, la posibilidad de facilitar el proceso para que cada participante desarrolle ideas y conocimientos profundos sobre los temas analizados?

Inscríbase en nuestro Programa de Formación de Facilitadores de la Metodología y las Herramientas de LEGO© SERIOUS PLAY™ (T3) y aprenda a explorar problemas complejos, desarrollar soluciones sustentables y nuevas estrategias. Descubra y libere el potencial de su equipo en la organización, a través de la propuesta de LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY™ (LSP).

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