Connecting Students through LEGO Serious Play

Halton Hills Christian School Kids Playing with Lego Bricks
Halton Hills Christian School Kids Playing with Lego Bricks

The following article was published on the website of Independent Free Press Canada.

Chances are you grew up with LEGO. Perhaps it was your favourite toy, or a building tool that invoked your imagination to create and build something extraordinary.However, did you know that LEGO can also be an important educational tool? LEGO Serious Play focuses on the development of oral language skills, and is used as a tool to develop creative, problem solving, and group work skills, which are important in 21st century education.  Halton Hills Christian School is one of the first schools in Canada to offer LEGO Serious Play as part of their curriculum, and uses LEGO education as a tool to motivate student learning. Halton Hills Christian School has now invested over 100 LEGO Serious Play kits.

Geared mainly to primary and junior level students, LEGO Serious Play is incorporated into every subject— from math to science to language arts. How does it work? Each child receives a kit and the teacher asks the class a challenging, curriculum-based question. Then they are given a brief time to think and build. Once completed, each child must tell his/her story of their build with a group, classmate or his/her teacher.  In turn, the teacher must also ask key questions back to allow kids to further develop their analytical thinking.  It is multi-faceted, multi-level, and fun learning. “It is an excellent teaching tool for us to use so the kids are motivated and engaged at a different level,” says Halton Hills Christian School Principal Marianne Vangoor. “ It helps kids to express themselves where paper and pen can’t.  It is about thinking outside the box and it focuses on the new priorities of education in the 21st century.”

To find out more about how LEGO Serious Play can benefit your child, contact LEGO education, and visit Halton Hills Christian School Serving the Halton Hills community for over 40 years, Halton Hills Christian School is dedicated to providing a high quality, Christian education for all students that will allow them to live up to their unique potential. Visit their website for more information.

Kindle Version of Kristiansen & Rasmussen (2014) “Lego Serious Play” Book is Now Available

Per Kristiansen and Robert Rasmussen 2014 book: Building Better Business Using the Lego Serious Play Method
Per Kristiansen and Robert Rasmussen 2014 book: Building Better Business Using the Lego Serious Play Method

Congratulations to Per and Robert. Today Amazon.com released their Kindle edition of Building a “Better Business Using the Lego Serious Play Method”. The book is available for purchase and immediate download here! You will still have to wait for the paperback. In the meantime happy reading – any comments about the book are welcome below!

Facilitator training in the LEGO(r) SERIOUS PLAY(r) method; 2014-2015

2014 – 2015 LEGO SERIOUS PLAY training programs:
Dear all,
Please find my end of 2014 and first half of 2015 programs. I have not yet pinned down second half of 2015, so more will follow

The LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® method is a facilitated process, the impact of workshops based on the method are, consequently, directly tied to the quality of the facilitation.

Therefore, the purpose with our facilitator training program is to provide the facilitator with the insights, confidence and commitment necessary to successfully prepare and facilitate the workshops in a way that gives maximum value to the end-user and has lasting impact.

2014 Programs
August 18-21st in Sao Paolo, Brasil: Stage 1 and Stage 2
September 8-11th in Milano, Italy: Stage 1 and Stage 2
September 29th – October 2nd in Lima, Peru: Stage 1 and Stage 2(with full support in Spanish)
October 20-23rd in Miami, USA: Stage 1 and Stage 2 (with full support in Spanish)
November 3-6th, India: Stage 1 and Stage 2 (city To Be Decided)
November 17-20th, Antwerp, Belgium: Stage 1 and Stage 2)
December 1-4th, Santiago, Chile: Stage 1 and Stage 2 (with full support in Spanish)
December 15-18th in Copenhagen, Denmark: Stage 1 and Stage 2 (offered in collaboration with Robert Rasmussen)
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2015 Programs
February 2-5, Seoul, South Korea: Stage 1 and Stage 2
March 9-12th, Barcelona, Spain: Stage 1 and Stage 2
March 23-26th, Amman, Joran: Stage 1 and Stage 2
April 20-23rd in Johor, Bahru Malaysia: Stage 1 and Stage 2
May 4-7th, Binche, Brussels: Stage 1 and Stage 2
May 22-25th, Bogota, Colombia: Stage 1 and Stage 2
June 15-18th, Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Stage 1 and Stage 2

The programs follow the updated program and use the new full facilitator manual developed by Robert Rasmussen and myself. The program meets the standards set by the Association of Master Trainers in the LEGO SERIOUS PLAY methodology.

Stage 1 gives a strong introduction to the method and how to use it with teams in personal relations. Stage 2 gives an advanced training in the method and on how to use if or business and organisational development. The programs will integrate the two stages.

For more details please feel free to contact me by email (per.kristiansen@trivium.dk) or direct message via my profile on seriousplaypro.com

Per Kristiansen
Twitter: @Per_LSP

https://www.amazon.com/author/perkristiansen

Another Lego Serious Play Starter Kit Unpacking Video

Lego Serious Play Starter Kit Contents

After the post where the Lego Serious Play Starter Kit (art.no. 2000414) was unpacked, recently another video has been uploaded to YouTube where a Dutch facilitator Rick Lindeman demonstrates the contents of the Starter Kit. The language of the video is also Dutch.

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Experiencing LSP: the point of view of a participant

strategy_b4bricksI recently had the pleasure of facilitating a LEGO SeriousPlay workshop at Hot Source. One of the participant, Marek Pawlowski, shared his experience.

As a facilitator, used to describe the method, it was refreshing and an immense pleasure to know that he experienced exactly what I always described when I talk about the power and benefits of LSP. Thank you @Marek for such an amazing post!

Improvement requires change, whether that happens gradually through iteration or in big leaps through sudden sparks of creativity. This is true of improving anything, from companies to individual products. It’s something I think about a lot in the context of the MEX initiative, which is, at its heart, about helping people to improve digital experiences. We are always looking for new ways to equip people to make good changes to the user experience of the products they’re designing.

The difficult part is that ‘improvement’ is very subjective. Realistically, you can only ever hope the changes you make will ‘improve’ things for most of your users. There simply is no such thing as an improvement which is objectively better for everyone.

However, the application of objective processes to achieve a creative result can help increase the chance your subjective improvements will be applicable to the largest possible number of users. This is why we try different techniques at MEX events, from physical exercises – like thinking about how the movements most natural to your body might transpose into digital interfaces – to low-fi, fast-paced model making.

While I’ve organised many of these different facilitations over the years, I was intrigued by the opportunity to be participant for a change, and in an exercise I’d never tried before, using Lego for serious play, facilitated by Patrizia Bertini (@legoviews). It was hosted by UX agency Foolproof (@foolproof_ux) and organised by Hot Source(@hsnorwich), a networking group in Norwich, UK (for our international readers: a small city in the East of the country – the significance of which will become apparent later). Continue reading

Dotti Toellner and Cori Moore Video on Lego Serious Play Facilitation

Lego Serious Play Workshop at Lift Conference
Dotti Toellner and Cori Moore Video on Lego Serious Play Facilitation workshop at Lift 2014 conference. They wrote about the event the following.

What happened at Lift14: Well, we sure had some serious fun – it’s amazing what you can do with such energetic and inspiring participants! The fully booked session kicked off with some skill building exercises, teaching our lively liftonians how to (literally) build metaphors, express abstract ideas with 3D models and collaborate through storymaking. Then the real work started as we addressed the question: “What does it take to be a change agent”. (We couldn’t believe how committed these guys were – talk about “flow moments”.) Putting their new skills into action, our lifters experienced rapid action prototyping and shared sense making as they probed and encouraged their fellow team members, drawing out meaning with plenty cheers and laughter! Continue reading

Liquid using Lego to Help Clients find Creative Solutions

Lego Serious Play Methodology Video By Liquid Agency

The following post on how Lego Serious Play is not just a game was written by the Liquid Agency Chief Creative Officer  Alfredo Muccino

Lego Serious Play is a hands-on, experiential process designed to enhance innovation and business performance. This methodology uses Lego blocks to build business and brand models as a way to encourage creative thinking, collaboration, and communication. At Liquid we believe that creativity and innovation are the result of doing things a little differently. And we’ve found that Lego Serious Play can help teams look at challenges from a new perspective, often yielding fresh solutions.

Doing things differently gets different results.

Lego Serious Play (LSP) is a technique that uses Lego blocks in directed exercises to build structures that metaphorically represent business and brand architecture models. Based on extensive research in organizational development, psychology, and learning techniques—LSP uses the context of “play” to enable executives, managers, and employees to communicate more effectively, to stimulate their imaginations, and to approach their work with increased confidence. We like the LSP methodology because it can yield fresh thinking, deeper communication, and problem solving for companies, teams, and individuals. Continue reading

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