Are you looking for new ways to spice up your meetings and to better engage the participants in your group discussions? Are the tired old methods of brainstorming and consensus building not getting the results you need? Are you looking for a new way for teammates to express themselves as individuals and to collaborate in creating solutions and ideas?

Playworks offers what you need using the LEGO® Serious Play® Method.

LEGO® Serious Play® is a methodology developed by the LEGO Group that leverages the use of LEGO bricks as tools in a creative process designed to unlock innovative thinking and new ways of communication among participants in order to achieve a shared outcome.

Areas of Focus

The LEGO® Serious Play® materials and methodology is best used in small groups of 12 to 60  participants per facilitator, in a context where there are no right or wrong answers and where each person’s contribution is important. Examples of such applications are:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Problem Solving
  • Product Development
  • Team Building
  • Feedback Giving
  • Communication Enhancement

No matter the application, Playworks has facilitators trained to implement these kinds of workshops using the LEGO Serious Play Materials and Methodology.

Benefits of the method

The benefits of the LEGO® Serious Play® methodology are many.

It allows participants to “think with their hands” and lets them unlock their creativity and innovation as they use a different way to express themselves. It allows each participant to have a voice and a unique take on the subject at hand as the rest of the team “listens with their eyes.”

The sharing allows many different thoughts and ideas to be heard and accepted. And the subsequent shared building allows for a rich collaboration where each unique individual contribution becomes part of a greater whole.

How do we utilize the LEGO Serious Play Method?

Essentially, LEGO® Serious Play® is a facilitated technique where each participant builds a unique structure using LEGO bricks and then presents and talks about it to the rest of the group. The purpose of the building will vary depending on the specific objectives of the session or workshop but in effect, participants create a 3D representation of their thoughts.

And then the important next step is for each participant to share the intended meaning of his or her model. In this way, each person contributes to the discussion and is listened to by the rest of the group.

In some applications, the team then combines their models into a shared construction to come up with a group outcome.