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We suggest you start learning LEGO Serious Play by reading some important books about the method.

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Sean Blair & Marko Rillo (2016) Serious Work: How to Facilitate Meetings and Workshops Using the LEGO SERIOUS PLAY Method The newest book about LEGO SERIOUS PLAY facilitation and so far the only “how-to” book, which gives you step-by-step guidelines on how to start as a facilitator for simple LEGO SERIOUS PLAY workshops.
Jacquie Lloyd Smith & Denise Meyerson (2017) Strategic Play: The Creative Facilitator’s Guide #2: What the Duck! Our community members Jacquie and Denise show how just a handful yellow and red bricks can be used for a long list of different creative exercises for your group.
Jacquie 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. StrategicPlayBook
Per Kristiansen & Robert Rasmussen (2014) Building a Better Business Using the Lego Serious Play Method. Wiley 240 pages. This book is written by two of our prominent community members Per and Robert, who were the original master trainers of Lego Serious Play and have in the meantime trained a large number of Lego Serious Play facilitators around the world. Their first book was published in July 2014 available as Kindle and Paperback Per Kristiansen and Robert Rasmussen 2014 book: Building Better Business Using the Lego Serious Play Method
editor Johan Roos (2006) Thinking from Within: A Hands-on Strategy Practice. Palgrave Macmillan. 352 pages. Johan Roos was one of the creators of the LSP methodology. This book describes, illustrates and deliberates the ideas and activities that can transform strategy into a more imaginative, reflective, and responsible practice by using Lego Serious Play.
Matt Statler & Johan Roos (2007) Everyday Strategic Preparedness. Palgrave Macmillan. 183 pages. Matt and Johan were both part of Imagination Lab, the original minds behind the Lego Serious Play methodology. They wrote this book about the possibilities of increasing preparedness for unexpected events through play and storytelling with the help of Lego bricks. They have used the case study of NYU Center for Catastrophe Preparedness and Response to explain their approach in practice.
David Gauntlett (2007) Creative Explorations: New Approaches to Identities and Audiences. Routledge; 1 edition. 208 pages. Lego Serious Play friend – researcher David Gauntlett asked people to build metaphorical models of their identities with Lego bricks. This creative reflective method provided insights into how individuals present themselves, understand their own life story, and connect with the social world. For LSP Facilitators the book allows to explore how to build team and organizational identity with LEGO bricks.
David Gauntlett (2011) Making is Connecting. Polity; 1 edition. 232 pages. David argues in his more recent book that through making things, people engage with the world and create connections with each other. Both online and offline, we see that people want to make their mark on the world, and to make connections. This book does not talk a lot about LEGO SERIOUS PLAY, but it gives some background information for good LSP facilitator on why we use this hand-based methodology.
Loizos Heracleous & Claus Jacobs. (2011) Crafting Strategy: Embodied Metaphors in Practice. Cambridge University Press; 1 edition. 260 pages This is a serious book – rich of theory underpinning LEGO SERIOUS PLAY. The book includes in-depth discussions of the theories of embodied realism, interpretivism, practice theory, theory of play, design thinking and shows how they can be put into practice by presenting detailed analyses of embodied metaphors built by groups of agents. The link between theory and practice is further supported by the inclusion of several vignettes that describe how this approach has been successfully employed in a number of organizations, including BASF and UNICEF.
Stuart Brown & Christopher Vaughan (2009) Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul. Avery; 1 edition. 240 pages Play is considered to be one of the most important means of child and adult learning, source of creativity. Playing together is a fundamental basis for bonding and teamwork. Numerous examples presented in the book demonstrate that our species has been produced to play throughout the adulthood. Hence – when we talk about play then this popular book explains the LSP facilitators how it is not a frivolous activity, but something that we should take very seriously.
Dave Gray, Sunni Brown, James Macanufo. (2010) Gamestorming. O’Reilly Media; 1 edition. 288 pages. This book includes more than 80 games to help you break down barriers, communicate better, and generate new ideas, insights, and strategies. They define games as having boundaries, rules for interaction, artefacts and goals. They also describe how a game has five stages: 1) Imagine the world, 2) Create the world; 3) Open the World; 4) Explore the world and 5) Close the world. The LSP facilitators can find some good ideas on how to set up their facilitation processes up better.
Roger L. Martin (2009) The Design of Business: Why Design Thinking is the next Competitive Advantage. Harvard Business School Press. 256 pages. Martin shows how leading companies such as Procter & Gamble, Cirque du Soleil, RIM, and others use design thinking to push knowledge through the stages in ways that produce breakthrough innovations and competitive advantage.
Frank R. Wilson (1999) The Hand: How Its Use Shapes the Brain, Language, and Human Culture. Vintage; 1st Vintage Books Ed edition. 416 pages. An intriguing book which explains how human hand has developed throughout history. For LSP facilitators it helps to explain how hand works like “a search engine” of the brain. Why using your hand to fiddle with objects can get your thoughts flowing, which is the essence on why LSP works.

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