What do LEGO® bricks have to do with Bullying? Lots!
On February 7, Family Day weekend in BC, seven members of the StrategicPlay North American team facilitated an event attended by over 100 people. The participants included VIPs from the Anti Bullying movement and community members, aged 3 to over 80. Everybody was interested in learning more about bullying and how to stop it.
In typical Vancouver style the weather was wet and rainy. So kids of every size and age were eager to spend an afternoon with family and friends, building with LEGO. We were delighted to see how well the process worked with such a mixed and diverse group of participants.
This was the first event of this type. The organizers did a fantastic job of promoting it and sold tickets through an open registration to the community. They asked people to formulate teams of four to build together. We really didn’t know who might show up. We watched in anticipation as more and more teams joined, and finally the event hit “sold out.” People came from all areas, families formed teams, and friends came together to build. Coworkers also formed teams, and so did school groups.
We purposely kept the fee low to avoid barriers to entry. The $10.00 investment included four hours of LEGO SERIOUS FUN and a light snack, refreshments, great door prizes from the organizers, and a surprise LEGO® Key Chain, which we saved until the big close.
In developing the agenda we used a positive psychology approach. Research indicates that most people have, at some point, been victims of bullying. Knowing this, we recognized that we needed to approach the topic with care and concern to avoid triggering any negative emotions. Using an appreciative inquiry approach we were able to address the topic by empowering participants to talk freely about the behaviours they find supportive. To be on the safe side we also had therapists available for support. Luckily, no one needed them.
The tables were designed for 4 family members or a team of 4. Each team was accompanied by one table leader who was prepared before the event regarding the etiquette of LSP and also the way we would mange the LEGO bricks.
Note: In the registration we asked that children be over six years old to attend, however, we had about 4 under age slip into the venue with no issues. Parents of children under six years old were reminded to monitor their children closely (due to small LEGO bricks everywhere), and we provided Duplo to keep them included.
To find our more please contact us: www.strategicplay.ca
Special thanks goes to the StrategicPlay® North American team who gave of their time and talents:
Stephen Walling, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Ahmed Rahim, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Catherine Holt, Victoria, BC, Canada
Jodie Petruzzellis, Whistler, BC, Canada
Kathleen Allison, White Rock
and Jacqueline Lloyd Smith, Whistler, BC, Canada
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Nuevas Fechas 2015 para la Certificación de Nuevos Facilitadores de la Metodología de LSP en Español en Costa Rica, Ecuador, Brail, España con Lucio Margulis
Fechas del 2015
Febrero 2015 :
-México del 14 al 17 de Febrero de 2015 (Puede Cambiar la Fecha)
-México del 19 al 22 de Febrero de 2015
Marzo 2015 :
-Chile del 16 al 19 de Marzo de 2015
-México del 26 al 29 de Marzo de 2015 en Paralelo con Robert Rasmussen
BECOME A FACILITATOR OF THE LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® METHOD in Barcelona – training in English, support in Spanish language
From 9th to 12th March in Barcelona with Per Kristiansen.
Make yourself ready to handle the LEGO SERIOUS PLAY METHOD so that you and your workshop participants will get the most out of using it.
Registration is open. More information in seriousplaycertification.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
CERTIFÍQUESE COMO FACILITADOR EN LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® EN BARCELONA
Del 9 al 12 de Marzo en Barcelona con Per Kristiansen.
Obtenga los conocimientos necesarios en metodología LEGO SERIOUS PLAY para que tanto usted como los participantes de sus talleres saquen el mayor provecho de la metodología.
Certificación en Inglés con soporte total en Español.
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