Today the LEGO Foundation started its 2015 Idea Conference. I will tweet some interesting learning points using hashtag #ideaconf15. You may also follow the keynote speeches live via the Idea Conference website. Enjoy!
The pilot training was successfully delivered in April, 7-8. Among the first trained LSP facilitator’s there were nine educators, consultants, business coaches and trainers. The programme was delivered in Russian language and attracts participants not only from Ukraine, but also from other CIS countries.
A glimpse of history today. What was the information included in the original LEGO SERIOUS PLAY patent description?
See below the records of the US patent no. 20020103774 A1, filed on 30 Jan 2001, issued on 1 Aug 2002 to EXECUTIVE DISCOVERY HOLDING CO., INC., DENMARK (subsidiary of LEGO).
Method and materials for encouraging creative thinking, planning or decision making
A program, method and materials for enhancing creative thinking, communication, decision-making and strategic planning. The program materials and method are based on the interplay between physical manipulation of symbolic objects and the effect of such manipulation on the ability to deal with actual objectives. For example, by physically manipulating building blocks, such as those having a stud configuration, (such as those sold under the LEGO® trademark), which are fastened together with studs from a top of one block fitting into receptacles on the bottom of another block, the thinking processes can be fostered and/or enhanced.
By Sean Blair @ProMeetings
The Lego Serious Play London MeetUp run regular mini meets.
These are about two and a half hours in duration, and introduce people to a range of the application techniques that Lego Serious Play uses.
Here are a few photos from a recent MeetUp, which took the subject of government as the theme.
Warm Up Challenge 1: Building a tower
Photographing our towers!
Warm Up Challenge 3: Build a model that represents government
Build a model to show your vision of the UK in 5 years time
Build a shared model of your vision of the UK in 5 years time
Build agents that will impact your government: Education
Agent: Collaborative economy
Agent: Global Economy
Agent: Environmental technologies
Agent: Population growth
Agent: Different expectations
Agent: Generation gap
Vision plus connected agents
If you’re already a certified facilitator, come and share best practice with other facilitators at the ‘master meets’. The first one is in London on April 16th.
Photos with kind permission from Emma, Emily and Silvia.
Jason Little of LeanChange.org recently published this blog post about Making Sense of Change with LEGO SERIOUS PLAY
One of my favourite quotes from the Lean Change Agent workshops I’ve facilitated is: “It’s not about the canvas, it’s about the conversation”
It’s remarkable how we tend to focus on applying a technique, or using a tool while putting less emphasis on creating a shared understanding of change through well-facilitated dialogue.
I’m often asked by clients which tool or artefact they should start with. Should they create a Strategic Change Canvas? Should they start with a Force-field Analysis? Should they…<use this tool or approach> ?
In all cases, and you’ll probably guess this, it depends on what it is you’re trying to accomplish! Beneath all of these tools is a common principle:
Visualize your conversation
I tend to use sticky notes and white board diagrams, and recently used a simple diagram to help a leadership team in an organization understand what their decision of ‘going Agile’ meant to the organization, to the leadership team and the teams directly impacted by the change.
I recently sat down with Stelio Verzera and Michele Luconi who are part of Cocoon Projects about their recently experience ‘creating a change canvas’ by using LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY™ to explore the change.
While this picture won’t make sense to you, it’s the outcome of the exercise and below that is the video interview where Stelio and Michele describe how they did it.