Greetings, I would like to introduce myself to the SeriousplayPro community by way of this first blog post. I have been invited by the editors to lead the discussion on the use of LEGO® SERIOS PLAY® methods as a tool to help build inclusive communities.

As a part time consultant and in my full time role as the Senior Leader of Research and Social Innovation at a large Canadian NGO, I’m interested in how to help organizations problem solve better and navigate complexity. I’ve been exploring over the last couple years how LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® can help with making sense of complex issues in public engagement experiences.

Lately I’ve been experimenting with how “thinking through your hands” and Human Centered Design Thinking can open up new conversations, new creative solutions and strengthen community.

In the short video below you’ll see a glimpse into how we used LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® to explore with a diverse collective what makes a city vibrant, inclusive and a city to love. For this session we brought together young leaders, City Lab staff, provincial government representatives, University of Alberta anthropology students and other community members to look at what makes an inclusive community.  The video speaks for itself and since that time we have been refining the questions and approach to make a public engagement experience more inclusive of diverse communication styles and to go beyond just talking around tables.

https://vimeo.com/130899815

I would love to hear what you are doing with LSP in your work.  Please share your ideas of ways to make communities more inclusive.

Ben Weinlick

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