Brief History of the LEGO brick

January 28, 2018 in Serious Play Discussion

In an episode of the BBC’s Witness series, Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen recounts how his grandfather and father developed the LEGO brick and the early contributions he made to the LEGO system.



LSP in Service of Good Financial Governance in Africa

December 8, 2015 in Serious Play Discussion

While preparing a mail to a previous client, I was just referring back to a workshop I ran in South Africa for the Good Financial Governance programme of GIZ (German International Cooperation) and saw that they have written quite a very positive summary of the event which took place in Cape Town in May 2015.

While we didn’t use LSP for the whole workshop, it is nice to see the client explicitly and publicly appreciating the use of the methodology.


Renting bricks in Cape Town, South Africa

April 20, 2015 in Lego Serious Play Bricks

Dear All,

I’ll be running a workshop in Cape Town, South Africa at the beginning of May. This is a development cooperation mandate and they certainly don’t have any budget for LSP material for 20 participants, particularly given the fact that they don’t know they will be using LSP.

Now, I know I can take enough material in checked luggage for approximately 15 participants, but I could have up to 25 participants. Is there anyone in Cape Town, who is sitting on a pile of bricks and would like to rent out some material for a couple of days and perhaps get some visibility in a highly strategic pan-African event?

For those of you based in Z.A. whom I have been able to identify, I will also contact you personally.

Warm regards,



Online Survey for all participants in LSP workshops

September 10, 2012 in Serious Play Discussion

An online survey is now available for all facilitators to submit to their workshop participants, both past and present. It is hosted on one of the better free survey sites (


In 2008, the team within LEGO responsible for managing the LSP partners was very interested in each facilitator sending out a satisfcation survey to all participants of LSP workshops that he or she had facilitated. The motivation behind this suggestion and the logisitics for implementing such a survey were unclear and it never came to light.

Since we started the Seriousplaypro community in 2010, there have been regular comments from members that it would be great to have a more general idea of how participants appreciate the LSP workshops they attend and to what extent they have been able to achieve their objectives. Usually, these comments or requests come from facilitators who are apprehensive about their own business development approach and would like to refer to previous successful workshops elsewhere with satisfied clients.

Last April, in Billund, at the Seriousplaypro community meeting, we had a breakout session on how the output of a LSP session is captured. A variety of answers and ideas came out, ranging from keeping the constructed models, through photo documentation and flipcharts to participants retaining the salient ideas in their heads.

Case studies can give detailed information about specific contexts. In recent months, we have seen more case studies published on the seriousplaypro web site. If you have a case study that you are proud of or that you think others could learn from, please feel free to submit it. Most likely, it will be promoted to the home page of the web site to give it more visibility.

However case studies do not necessarily present the extent or the breadth of applicability of the LSP methodology or the variety of professions that the methodology can support.


So I have developed a generic online survey that you can all use to send to your participants. The more respondents we get, the more valid the data that is collected. I will retain control of the survey and once we have received a significant number of responses, I will start to publish some of the general findings.

If the respondent requests a specific facilitator to contact them, I will try to use the facilitator database on this web site. Failing that, I will pass on the coordinates to Per and Robert, who presumably have their own records of the facilitators they have trained. If the facilitator mentioned by the respondent has never been heard of, I will forward the respondent’s contact details to other facilitators located in that person’s region.

To access the survey, simply click on the following link, which will open a new window.

It should take about 10 minutes to complete. The survey session times out after 1 hour.

Please feel free to include the link in your own email with your own company logo, etc.

Warmest regards,


LSP-Powered Stakeholder Consultation Workshop on Energy Efficiency Policy in Indonesia

March 14, 2012 in Serious Play Case Studies

Case study: Using LEGO SERIOUS PLAY in a multi-cultural, multi-lateral stakeholder engagement context

Energy Efficiency Workshop

Energy Efficiency Workshop

GIZ/PAKLIM and DANIDA/EINCOPS are development cooperation programmes respectively funded by the German and Danish governments, supporting the Indonesian government in its efforts to address issues related to climate change, particularly through improving energy efficiency, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Many institutions in Indonesia are also involved in mitigating climate change effects. Apart from Denmark and Germany, a number of international donors including AUSAID, USAID, AFD (France), IFC/World Bank, JICA (Japan), and the Dutch development agency. In addition, a few professional development and certification organisations are promoting competing Energy Management standards. Academic and research establishments are also conducting programmes to further knowledge about the causes, impacts, and mitigation approaches for greenhouse gas emissions. All these parties, depending on the exact nature of their activities deal with a variety of government ministries: Strategic Planning, Finance, Environment, Industry, Energy, and Education, to name a few. All of these institutions are typically seeking recognition for their own work and are reluctant to recognise the value of the contribution of others.

Previous attempts to document all of these activities have resulted in partially-completed tables in Microsoft Word or Excel, quickly obsolete.

When Dr. Joyce Miller, certified LSP facilitator, took over the leadership of the GIZ/PAKLIM’s Industry Component, she knew that an LSP-powered workshop would help to develop a clearer vision of what each actor was doing, and with luck, it would create a dynamic for community building and collaboration, rather than reinforcing the prevailing one of competition. Moreover, she suggested that the workshop itself be seen as a demonstration of a collaboration between GIZ and DANIDA. As Joyce wished to contribute fully to the proceedings and get to experience LSP as a participant for a change, I was asked to design and facilitate the workshop.

The Event
The GIZ/PAKLIM-DANIDA/EINCOPS Stakeholder Workshop on Energy Efficiency was held at the Méridien Jakarta Hotel on 21 November 2011. A last-minute change in rooms (requested by the hotel to accommodate another client) meant that some of the participants were a little confused, but this venue, which was on the same floor as already communicated, gave us some extra space, which definitely made the facilitation of the workshop easier.

No one, apart from Joyce and one colleague on the PAKLIM side, knew anything of the methodology or the process.

The workshop ran according to the following programme:

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SeriousPlayPro Community Governance

February 3, 2011 in Pro Community

Seriousplaypro Community Governance

The Seriousplaypro Community Governance Task Force made a draft proposal for a governance structure and decision-making process (one might consider this to be a “Constitution”) that was amended and adopted at the meeting in Paris on 28th January 2011. The decision was taken to move forward with the implementation of this governance system for as long as it seems appropriate and that the system or constitution may be developed as needs demand.

Members of the community who are interested in becoming involved in the community’s ongoing construction are invited to do so from now on, in a first instance, by leaving a comment to that effect at the bottom of this page.


To ensure a division of roles and responsibilities that allows a largely self-organising, healthy and vibrant community to function at an optimal level.

Key activities will be split between teams. Members of these teams are elected (at an annual event or in a virtual election process).

Finally, activities between these teams will be coordinated by the community Forum, which includes all the members of the teams, and is led by the “Forum Chair”.

Members are elected for two years; half the team are up for election every year. As the community evolves a constraint may be imposed on length of tenure. For example, members may be permitted to serve two consecutive periods in the same team, after which they may continue on another team (if elected, obviously). Thus, as a minimum, a two-year “break” would be observed between being a member of a given team for two periods of two years and a return to that team. Another limit may be the restriction of only only being a member of one team at a given point in time.

For the time being, no such constraints will be imposed on the Governance teams.


Infrastructure: Website maintenance

What: This team keeps the site up to date with information and events and highlights community members’ contributions, proactively posts articles of interest, refers to other blogs or books.

Why: The more information that the website holds, the more attractive it will be to others. The more new information that is posted, the higher the site moves up in Google searches

Who: Any community members who are signed up on the web site. In the future it may be pertinent to limit the number of members, but for the time being there will be no limit. Click here to join the Infrastructure and Website maintenance team.

Community marketing/external communications

What: A team that welcomes all new members to the site with a “hello” email. Also keeps out people trying to spam or scam. This team manages and builds relationships with external stakeholders and interested parties through responses to questions and by posing questions. This team is also the team that helps set the standard, and guards our code of conduct

Why: It is essential that there is a lively dialogue, and that the code of conducted is not only “observed” but actively alive (ref the elephants, the circle of people, and the “we always meet twice” elements from the Vision model)

Who: Any community members who are signed up on the web site. In the future it may be pertinent to limit the number of members, but for the time being there will be no limit. Click here to join the External Communications team.

Events / internal communications

What: Create live events such as the kick-off meeting in Lausanne, and other face-to-face meetings and conferences. This team manages and builds relationships with members through responses to questions and by posing questions. The team may create webinars and other types of conference call events on topics of interest. The team may invite guest speakers to do seminars or talks. It may organise virtual “show days” for members to showcase their skills and expertise

Why: To build the members competences (the bridges in the mission model from Lausanne)

Who: Any community members who are signed up on the web site. In the future it may be pertinent to limit the number of members, but for the time being there will be no limit. Click here to join the Internal Communications and Events team.

The Forum

What: The Forum is the driving force of the community and the place where strategic decisions are made and where major projects are initiated. The Forum provides and ongoing operational role by coordinating activities between the three teams. Coordination may happen virtually. The Forum team may take on a rather loose structure. This team may also take upon it self to act as a “formal” liaison role in relation to LEGO. It is also this team that may suggest that new teams are introduced as part of the community structure. Such a proposal has to be approved by a majority of the community members.

Why: Help to keep the teams’ work aligned with a shared agenda, and for them to share ideas. The liaison role would be in order that the community is kept abreast of developments within LEGO, and possibly that insights from the community is fed into LEGO.

Who: Members from the above teams. The Forum elects a Chair, this person can hold the role for a year. It is possibly to be re-elected twice, after which a break of at least one year has to be observed.

Decision making in teams

A qualified majority makes decisions. If a team is split evenly, the Forum can be solicited to vote on the question.

Code of Conduct

We are a self-organising, learning network; consequently all interactions are based on trust. We will harness trust by:

Making knowledge accessible to everybody

Operating in internal honesty and transparency (integrity)

Respecting our elders and peers

Being courteous with our fellow members

When entering a dialogue, whether virtually or ”in person” we will observe the world café etiquette:

  • Contribute your Thinking
  • Focus on what really matters to you
  • Speak with your Mind AND your Heart
  • Listen to Understand
  • Listen Together for patterns, insights and deeper connections
  • Link and Collect Ideas
  • Slow down so you have time to think and reflect
  • Say something only if you have something to say
  • Be ready to help your fellow community members

Mission and Vision of the Community

October 10, 2010 in About Lego Serious Play, Pro Community

This description of the vision and mission of the evolving SeriousPlayPro community was developed through the collective work of a group of LEGO Serious Play practitioners who gathered in Lausanne, Switzerland during 27-28 September 2010, as a follow-up to the initial work carried out in Billund, Denmark, on 14 April 2010

The Full Story of SeriousPlayPro Community Vision and Mission:

This is our common understanding of the vision for the open, broad community of facilitators using the LEGO Serious Play methodology. It falls into different elements. Over here, it’s really about what this community is and the difference that it makes. So in a sense, we are the wake-up call about the way business works and the way organisations function.

Through the love of the brick, it takes organisations on a journey to a platform where they’re looking through a gate into a better future, the so-called “pax ludens” (the “pax romana” of play, so to speak). The community enables that transition to take place so that the world becomes a better place through play in organisations.

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LSP Community-Building Workshop

August 5, 2010 in Serious Play Training

As many of you know, the first open LSP Community of Practice workshop is being held in Switzerland on 27-28 September 2010. It is already listed in the Events section of this web site; however, many of you may not have noticed or received the June 29th email that was sent out by Helle Friberg of LEGO.

The objective of this workshop is to follow-up on a number of questions raised in Billund in April 2010, including:

  • Purpose and Scope of the Community or Communities of Practice
  • Rules of the Game; Operating Principles

If anyone (particulary those of you who will not be able to attend in person) would like to submit additional suggestions for the agenda, please feel free to do so. Denise Meyerson has already  suggested setting up a video-conference via Skype to provide an interactive medium with interested parties who are unable to attend. We are looking into the technical feasibility of this.

We have reserved a workshop room for 2 days ( September 27-28) at the Hotel Mövenpick in Lausanne, right next to IMD . CAPRESE will cover the cost for renting the room, as we recognise that you will be covering the cost of your flights and accommodation. We propose to share the cost of refreshments and lunch and will come back to you nearer the time with some ideas for the catering.

If you are interested in participating and have not yet done so, please inform me (Eli De Friend). Please organise your own accommodation (we can provide suggestions). For the logistics, it would help to eventually know where you have chosen to stay.

In the meantime, wishing you all a lovely summer.

Upcoming LSP Community Face-2-Face in September 2010

May 31, 2010 in Pro Community, Serious Play Training

What are the rules of the Game?

On 14th April 2010, a number of future ex-Certified LEGO SERIOUS PLAY partners met with LEGO management and then amongst themselves to discuss the feasibility of creating a community. From LEGO’s side, it was made clear that LEGO would in future only refer, be it in person or on the web, to open communities of parties interested in LEGO SERIOUS PLAY.

Even prior to the April 14th meeting, some interested parties were already feeling that the community would have to establish the rules of the game, before it could function effectively and before any other decisions could be made.

Others felt that before deciding on the rules, the objectives of the community should be established.

Others again felt that we should just get out there and do business together and the objectives and rules would work themselves out.

If anyone reading this article is interested in contributing to the establishment of this community, please comment below…

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