A new book on Lego Studies

Lego Studies Examining the Building Blocks of a Transmedial Phenomenon 2014 Mark Wolf
Lego Studies Examining the Building Blocks of a Transmedial Phenomenon 2014 Mark Wolf

A week ago Routledge published a great new book on “LEGO Studies: Examining the Building Blocks of a Transmedial Phenomenon”, edited by Mark J.P. Wolf. There are a couple of interesting chapters on using for creativity and thinking exercises – including LEGO SERIOUS PLAY (a chapter by David Gauntlett) and on LEGO brick usage in classrooms.

Might be an interesting addition to your LEGO SERIOUS PLAY library.

LEGO Fire Walk

Lego Fire Walk
Lego Fire Walk from Toy Kingdom

Looking for something to spice up your LEGO SERIOUS PLAY facilitation sessions? Do you have in mind something far worse than hot coals?

According to some reliable community sources that have collected more than 40 thousand storytellers who share their first hand personal experience on the matter, there is not a single more painful thing in the whole human experience than an unsuspecting and unprotected individual stepping barefoot on a single Lego brick that has been left unattended to a dark bedroom of a 5-year old.

What a better way to build your self-confidence, stamina and motivation than to let yourself be immersed into a stream of pain that has been scattered over a three-meter excruciating walkway.

If you try to introduce your workshop participants to a LEGO fire walk, but consult a health adviser first!

Many thanks to Erki Uustalu for a great link!

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Said, Roos & Statler (2001) “Lego Speaks” – Imagination Lab Working Paper no.20

Imagination Lab website at ImagiLab.org
Imagination Lab website at ImagiLab.org

Now that Lego has introduced their new website, they have also included new list of references that they suggest to read. One of the papers on their list is Said, Roos & Statler (2001) “Lego Speaks” Imagination Lab Working Paper no.20.

One of the community members just got in touch with me to ask about where to obtain the paper.

As the Imagination Lab website has not been actively updated for quite some time then this might be the reason why it is difficult to identify their working papers from the cyberspace even with the help of advances search tools. Hence – let me add the link to the page here. And for whomever is interested in the actual paper – here is the “Imagination Lab Working Paper no.20 Said Roos Statler 2001 Lego Speaks” for your download.

Win Lego Mindstorms Robot

LEGO Mindstorms EV3 RobotSomething for Friday Fun!

Cogmation Robotics has created a sweepstakes campaign to provide exclusive offers from Virtual Robotics Toolkit. This competition gives you a chance to win a LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 Robot and some cash. The campaign is open until December 15. If you want to enter click the link below: http://vrtlaunch.cogmation.com/giveaways/vrt-launch/?lucky=4813

Overview of the New Lego Serious Play site

Lego Serious Play New Website at lego.com/en-us/seriousplay
Lego Serious Play New Website at lego.com/en-us/seriousplay

Lego has published its new website at http://www.lego.com/en-us/seriousplay/. A great initiative to bring Serious Play solutions closer to the core of Lego customers. The website consists of the following parts:

  • Front page
  • The method – Description of the Lego Serious Play method
  • Leverage your organization’s expertise – information about why and when to use Lego Serious Play
  • Background – Information about the history and research on Lego Serious Play
  • Facilitator – Information about Lego Serious Play facilitator communities
  • Material – Information about Lego Serious Play bricks
  • Contact – Information
  • FAQ – Most important questions about Lego Serious Play

Most importantly – the Open Source section from the old website has disappeared! The only document that Lego has retained is the set of its Trademark Guidelines. The primary focus of the site now rests with the quality of facilitation.

The detailed contents of the new website sections are below
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SeriousPlay.com – Rest in Peace

Serious Play com website closed
Old SeriousPlay.com website is now closed

Lego has created its new website for Lego Serious Play at http://www.lego.com/en-us/seriousplay/. Today they also pulled the plug from the old SeriousPlay.com website. When you type in its address to the URL then it simply redirects you to the new Serious Play section on the Lego homepage.

If you feel nostalgic then not to worry. A great resource called Internet Archive – Way Back Machine helps you to go to history and has kept the image of the website as of 20 October 2014 in their wonderful database.

If you don’t find a job, invent it!

By Fabrizio Faraco twitter: @fabriziofaraco

Fabrizio Faraco Lego Serious Play Team model
Fabrizio Faraco Lego Serious Play Team model

Suburbs of Rome in Italy are on the front line these days. Violence, riots, anti-immigrant protests, racism accusations. Rome’s experiencing what Paris, London and other capitals have already experienced in the past. In this environments youngsters live hardship, considering that most of them, even with a university degree do not find a job. An institution, the Goethe Institut in Rome, two associations, Italienverein in Dortmund and Corda Aurea in Rome and a Theatre in Rome Teatro di Tor Bella Monaca, consider that there’s a lot of potential in these youngsters which can be untapped just providing the right competences.

A view of Tor bella Monaca (by Maurizio Sacco from http://flic.kr/aWnoVF )
A view of Tor bella Monaca (by Maurizio Sacco from http://flic.kr/aWnoVF )

Together they are testing a project in Tor Bella Monaca where a group of young people (3 girls and 4 men, ranging from 18 to 30 years old) are acquiring entrepreneurial culture in order to build companies rather than wait for a job which might never come true. The project is organized in a series of workshops, ranging from business modeling, to marketing, from logical framework to diversity management. Yesterday the people of the project attended a four hours’ workshop using the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® materials and methodology. This is a brief note on this unique experience.

Before, just few words on the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methodology. As the official website of LEGO® states “The LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methodology is an innovative process designed to enhance innovation and business performance. Based on research which shows that this kind of hands-on, minds-on learning produces a deeper, more meaningful understanding of the world and its possibilities, the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methodology deepens the reflection process and supports an effective dialogue — for everyone in the organization”. Started in corporate environments, workshop using the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® materials and methodology has already moved into social environments, in particular in Mexico where is used extensively by communities, local and federal government.
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