Lego Serious Play for Positive Psychology vs. LSP regular

iaof-lsp4ppMany people ask what the difference between LEGO® SERIOUS® PLAY® for Positive Psychology and normal application of LEGO® SERIOUS® PLAY® is.

LEGO® SERIOUS® PLAY® is a facilitation tool offered by LEGO® through their creative common license. Trademark information is provided here: https://www.lego.com/en-us/seriousplay/trademark-guidelines

LEGO does NOT train facilitators but still produce and sell bricks specifically used for the LEGO SERIOUS PLAY method. Facilitators who claim to be associated with LEGO in any way are doing do against LEGO trademarks.

Since LEGO does not train facilitators there exists NO official LEGO certification training. However other facilitators also seek to comply with high quality standards. Hereunder trainers engaged with Association of Master Trainers in the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Method. This association is founded by the creators of the LEGO Serious Play method. This association offers a broad and very useful certification training in the use of the LEGO Serious Play method. They do not, however, cover the scientific underpinnings of the target area like we do with positive psychology.

So the main difference between LEGO® SERIOUS® PLAY® for Positive Psychology and other programs has not to to with any LEGO affiliation or other formality. The main difference lies in the application focus.

Method AND Content

LEGO® SERIOUS® PLAY® for Positive Psychology builds on the belief the the deliverance quality of a method like LEGO® SERIOUS® PLAY® depends not only on understanding the method itself, but also the content that it explores. In this case positive psychology.

Positive Psychology is a science with a complex range of theories, extensive research and multiple applications. We believe that a god facilitator of the LEGO® SERIOUS® PLAY® for Positive Psychology method needs a good understanding og this content.

Last but not least LEGO® SERIOUS® PLAY® for Positive Psychology is the domain in which you can learn to use the Hands On Thinking method. This method being the evolved version of the core LEGO® SERIOUS® PLAY® method.

 

 

LSP for PP International Training Association

iaof-lsp4ppIn order to ensure that the use of LEGO® SERIOUS® PLAY® for positive psychology upholds to a high quality standard the International Association of Master Facilitators in The LEGO® SERIOUS® PLAY® For Positive Psychology Method has been created.

The members of the association are the only ones able to provide certification training in using LEGO® SERIOUS® PLAY® For Positive Psychology.

Following four principles serve as the core idea of the association:

  1. To ensure a high quality delivering of core LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methodologies including the evolved method of Hands On Thinking
  2. To ensure that the use of LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® with positive psychology rests on a sound understanding of the theory, research and applications of positive psychology
  3. To explore the use of LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® for positive psychology within the field of coaching
  4. To further develop the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® into other research based domains
  5. To further develop the Hands On Thinking method into other tangible tools like LEGO and HEX cards

Programs offered by the association

The International Association of Master Facilitators in The LEGO® SERIOUS® PLAY® For Positive Psychology offers following programs:

Keynote presentation and conference workshop (1-4 hour)
These sessions introduce the concept of LEGO® SERIOUS® PLAY® for Positive Psychology

1-2 day Introductory courses for private, public and academic organisation
These courses covers the basics of LEGO® SERIOUS® PLAY® for Positive Psychology hereunder the Hands On Thinking Method as well as selected applications relevant for positive psychology.

4 day certification training in the use of LEGO® SERIOUS® PLAY® for Positive Psychology
This program is the corner stone of the association’s offerings and is a fully immersive training event covering all important aspects of the LEGO® SERIOUS® PLAY® for Positive Psychology method. Following the training, participants can create their own LEGO® SERIOUS® PLAY® for Positive Psychology workshops as well as deliver up to three of the validated methods outlined in the book “Exploring Positive Psychology with Lego Serious Play”

1 day follow-up sessions
These sessions are only offered to individuals that have completed the 4 day certification training. They deep dive into a specific domain of positive psychology exploring novel use of LEGO® SERIOUS® PLAY® for that domain.

 

 

 

 

 

Hands On Thinking™

The Hands On Thinking™ method is the core of the LEGO® SERIOUS® PLAY® for Positive Psychilogy method as well as a range of other tangible and visual facilitation methods.

The six elements of the Hands On Thinking™ method provides a framework and language that helps participants relay what they know, hope for and seek to do. More importantly it also ensures a structure that enables learning and creative collaboration in groups.

The Hands On Thinking™ method was developed by the Danish expert in organisational learning and development Mads Bab. Through his own action research and supporting research from the science of learning, well-being and positive psychology as well as neuroscience the method outlines the DNA of “thinkering” – The creation and understanding of concepts in the mind while tinkering with the hands.

Hands On Thinking™ extends the open source aspects of LEGO® SERIOUS® PLAY® as outlined on seriousplay.com. It takes a holistic approach to the method by providing a framework that helps the facilitator look beyond LEGO® bricks onto the purpose and content of the workshop.

By learning how to use the Hands On Thinking™ method as a facilitator you not only learn how to leverage the use of LEGO® in workshops but also how you may use other tangible and visual tools to ensure collaborative learning and sustainable change.

The Hands On Thinking™ (HOT) method consist of these six elements:

  • Purpose of the session;
  • Framing the model building;
  • Sharing narratives and metaphors;
  • Exploring and reflecting together;
  • Combining and connecting to identify patterns and shared stories.
  • Capturing insights and moving forward;

 

Purpose of the session

Fundamental to any LSP session is the purpose of using the tool. Generally speaking, LSP should never be the goal or purpose of the workshop but “only” the means to explore a topic relevant to you and your participants.

 

Framing the model building

Framing the model building is a fundamental part of any LSP session. A good framing helps focus attention in the right direction and aligns group members towards the same general idea. Good framing ensures open, insightful and interesting conversations that help participants understand the challenge at hand.

 

Sharing narratives and metaphors

“Everyone builds – everyone shares” is a core principle of a LSP session and really is the moment in a workshop where the group starts seeing each other’s opinions.

 

Exploring and reflecting together

While the metaphors that have been modelled are shared it is generally advised just to listen and reflect silently. As a facilitator you may, however, ask exploration questions or encourage other participants to do this. This part of the Hands On Thinking™ method is in many ways what separates a good LSP session from a great one.

 

Combining and connecting models to identify patterns and shared stories

The connective aspect of LEGO® invites participants to not only connect individual building blocks but also whole models. These can be aligned into a combined narrative, connected to explore systems or organised into themes allowing participants to explore patterns and emergent properties of the challenge at hand

 

Capturing insights and moving forward

A LSP process enables divergent thinking but every LSP session must end with users moving from simulations to the real world. Capturing the most important insights and develop a way to keep these in the attention of the users is fundamental to ensure a longer lasting effect of a LSP session.