LEGO SERIOUS PLAY methodology

So, what is Lego Serious Play? Why is so interesting to “play” with it? Here, I will tell you my own experience.

Because of the collaboration with the European project “SITinVET”, Ideas Brocolis had the opportunity to facilitate a series of workshops in Spain, Slovakia and Turkey. Here, I will tell you why is so interesting to play with the methodology of Lego Serious Play!

Even if you have not played with those small colourful bricks when you were a child, you should have seen it  before somewhere.

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LSP is a new methodology to build reflections, dialogue, constructive conversations, and knowledge sharing around a question.

Every model means something and it is different for every person, even if they have the same amount of pieces.

Every model tell us a different and personal story.

Every model is a metaphor of your own thoughts.

Everytime you choose a brick you are influenced by full of details (your past, your tastes, your experiences, your own lifestyle). While you are building, you are not conscious at all about what you are doing. However, when you start talking and telling what you did, everything makes sense and even you, become surprised of your own words.

For that reason, I consider LSP a good tool to tell stories. It is awesome how the narrative flows when you have a model between your hands. Lot of meaningful things and feelings emerge. Even if you don´t know each other in the room or you‘re a little bit shy, you are able to express yourself through a handful of colourful pieces.

During the workshops, the first model you have to build, is always related with a definition of who you are, try to present yourself with a model. Colors, shapes, pieces can be combined in multiple ways, but just one is your own definition. Everybody starts building and after 3-4 minutes, they start with their own presentation. And it is incredible how in only three minutes, you can prepare the best introduction of yourself. Answers use to be related with their passions, their experiences, their fails and future goals. Getting to know each other in a deeply way and taking lot of details that, for instance, could be very valuable to find a team work.

Everyone is able to build a model, even if it is with one piece or with one hundred. Everyone can answer any question, even if the question is not so easy! You build with your hands, quickly, without thinking too much, because that is other requirement, using only 3-4 minutes for every question. Taking the first thoughts that came up to your mind is how you get the best answers.

This methodology generate constructive and collaborative conversations around a topic or challenge. During the “SITinVET” project, it was used around the big question of <How to avoid the dropouts in vocational education and training?>

An important problem that affects most of the countries and has a common factor in all of them: the family, the neighbourhood, the system and the school. While all of them have an impact in the dropouts, in every country is highlight one different aspect.

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In Madrid, for instance, we had the opportunity to facilitate four workshops in the space of Medialab_Prado, with different people, all of them related with vocational education and trianing (teachers and mentors, students, government, and other educational organizations) After four intensive days of playing, building, questioning and reflecting, everybody becomes to the conclusion that right now, the main problem resides on the educational system, the strict regulations and the lack of innovation and new resources in the classrooms.

However, in Turkey, the family and the socio-economic environment take an important role. We did two different workshops with teachers and students and all of them missed a lack of freedom, and the need for a change in the system. When we asked them about what they would change of the current educational system, all them answered with a similar point of view. Higher support, less students per class, more practical subjects and more relation with the environment and the real world.

Personally, I was impressed with their answers, even living in a country with less freedom that other European countries, they are clear in their vision of changing the world, and I am sure that, as future teachers, they will.
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To sum up, I would like to say that bringing together into the same table the different stakeholders of the educational system, is not an easy task, and with LSP we did it. Teachers, students, public institutions, organizations and private sector were involved during a few hours in a constructive dialogue where they proposed some opportunities and challenges to avoid the dropouts. Having the different points of view in the same scenary, we were able to understand the problem from the whole perspective.

So, even playing is for children, we love it.

 

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