Best Practice

2013-09-05 11.08.58The Build & Share method has been applied in a broad range of organisations ranging for government institutions, manufacturing companies, energy companues, universities and NGO’s.

Through the use of LEGO® the participants build metaphorical models that visualize and make meaning of abstract concepts that can otherwise be quite difficult to comprehend. The metaphors give a more complex creation of understanding and can make something more meaningful by equating it with something else. At the same time the use of metaphors and the way participants visualize things in a Build & Share workshop makes it much easier for participants to remember.

Some of the best practices include:

Vision and aspirations

Exploring and establishing good goals are crucial to motivation and engagement. One of the most powerful Build & Share application is related to personal and shared goals.

Participants build their personal aspirations, where after they share and reflect upon these. Following this part groups very often explore future scenarios related to their aspirations and end up building a shared model of the groups vision.

A Build & Share aspiration workshop creates a sense of having “built the future” – it become more tangible, a sort of possible future prototype.

Character Strengths

The benefits of identifying, exploring and using ones character strengths is now well documented. One of the most common ways Build & Share is used today, is to embed it into a character strengths workshop.

Upon identifying ones strengths through the VIA Character Inventory or the use of our Strength Cards (other tools can also be used) participants build one or more of their signature strengths. The stories related to these strengths are shared with the group and later combined into a coherent model of ones strong identity. It is also very common to let people build a model that tells a story of a strength they see in another person. Last but not least strength combination and strength usage can be explored through the Build & Share Strength Scenario process.

Prospection, scenarios and possible futures

Prospeciton explored with Build & Share may include planning, prediction, hypothetical scenarios, teleological patterns, daydreaming, and evaluative assessment of possible future events. Using Build & Share in this setting helps shape the participants cognitive, affective, and motivational systems – individually and collectively.

A key component in a Build & Share Prospection workshop is that it facilitates the benefits from narrative approaches using prospective storytelling and metaphors. In Build & Share the stories we tell about our future contributes to the construction, reproduction, or transformation of our reality and identity.

 

LEGO® bricks

You can use any kind of LEGO® bricks but we always advise people to use bricks from the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® product range.

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Exploration Kit
For shorter workshops it is very useful for participants to each have a Window Exploration Kit to start up with. They are sold in boxes of 100 bags for app. 485 USD at LEGO.com

 

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Starter Kit
The starter kit is a good choice for longer workshops. It features LEGO® and LEGO DUPLO® bricks and elements including wheels, tires, windows, trees, minifigure parts, sticks, globes and small base plates. These boxes are sold individually for app. 37 USD at LEGO.com

 

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The landscape kit or similar amount of bricks is neccesary for longer workshops (+2 hours). The LEGO® website states that these bricks are suitable for workshops with 10-12 people for 2 days. Our experience tells us that the bricks are suitable for 20 people for 2 days. These bricks also last a long time and can be used over a series of workshops. This set can be purchased for app. 790 USD at LEGO.com

Ordering LEGO

If you live in a country that is not supported by the LEGO.com website, you can read more about ordering the bricks here

Other elements

Furthermore you can buy pre-used LEGO® at ebay. It can also be a good idea to purchase extra mini figures or LEGO DUPLO® animals.

For workshop where participants create shared models, you also need a big baseplate.This models is usually kept by the participants. You can purchase these in toyshops or at LEGO.com

 

 

 

 

Build & Share introduced

LEGO® Serious Play® for Positive Psychology is a group facilitation method that builds on theory, research and application within positive psychology and narrative practices. When applied in groups and organizations you are bound to get a deeper, more meaningful understanding of topics especially related to motivation, resilience and engagement.

Positive psychology, the science of well-being and flourishing helps teams, groups and whole organizations ensure more sustainable change, transition and engagement. Add to that LEGO® Serious Play® which is a facilitated meeting, communication and problem-solving process in which participants are led through a series of questions, probing deeper and deeper into the subject. Each participant builds his or her own LEGO® model in response to the facilitator’s questions using specially selected LEGO® elements. These models serve as a basis for group discussion, knowledge sharing, problem solving and decision making. The use of LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY helps the facilitator, leader, teacher and many others accelerate insights and learning related to areas like positive psychology and well-being, business performance, strategizing and goal setting, team building, and last but not least agile methodologies.

LEGO® Serious Play® for Positive Psychology is a method that provides an engaging and more memorable approach to shared group understanding and self-exploration in areas related to well-being and optimal human functioning. Based on research that shows that literal hands-on, minds-on learning produces a deeper, more meaningful understanding of the world and its possibilities, LEGO® Serious Play® for Positive Psychology deepens the reflection process and supports an effective dialogue – for everyone in the group. This is done by posing reflective questions, but in stead on answering these questions in the traditional way, participants build their answer in for example LEGO® and respond by using metaphors and narratives they have created themselves.

Sharing is fundamental

It is crucial that each person’s voice is heard during this process. Everybody shares what is on their minds, and everybody is listened to. This is very important in order to achieve the purposes of the LEGO® Serious Play® for Positive Psychology process: to let everyone share their thoughts in a constructive way and to give everybody a chance to hear each others’ points of view. Sharing is fundamental to the method; on one hand sharing is done to create a common understanding of the group’s way of dealing with a situation, and on the other hand to create the best starting point for people to feel ownership for the reflections and ideas expressed. Eventually this will help them to arrive at the solutions and actions that need to be taken in order for them to enhance their well-being and group performance.

The Hands on Thinking method

The effective use of the LEGO® Serious Play® for Positive Psychology methodology rests on a thoroughly tested and researched six-step process, which builds on a learning theory which ensures that participants take ownership of their own learning.

Read more about this process here: