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"LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® (LSP) is a play-based problem solving and
communication technique for helping groups become more effective!"

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by Dyan Eybergen
Speakers’ Bureau of Alberta©
Dyan Eybergen is a certified facilitator for LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®. Dyan studied the system in Boston and she is accredited by the Rassmussen Consulting Company of Denmark. Dyan is one of the first accredited members in Alberta and Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

The system can be applied to corporations, organizations, government agencies, relationships, families, bullying situations and schools. It is a proven method to help teamwork, stimulate creativity and work effectiveness. Play is the medium.

"You can learn more about a person in an hour of play than you can from a lifetime of conversation"

LSP draws upon extensive research from the fields of business, psychology and organization development. LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® is an innovative, experiential process designed to enhance innovation and business performance. Based on research that shows that this kind of hands-on, minds-on learning produces a deeper, more meaningful understanding of the world and its possibilities, LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® deepens the reflection process and supports an effective dialogue – for everyone in the organization. It builds on everyone's participation and education.

Are you seeking to reveal impactful insights? Improving decision making? Finding hidden opportunities? Stimulating entrepreneurship or intrapreneuship? Improving project leadership? Surfacing hidden issues? Clarifying values, roles and identities? Integrating teams? Resolving conflicts? Integrating diverse cultures? Discussing the "un-discussable"? Then LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® may be your method of choice. Here's what it will do for your group:

  • Result in shared understanding of the opportunities and challenges the organization is facing
  • Produce high quality fresh thoughts, new knowledge, clearer understanding and greater awareness
  • Capture the essence of the challenges and turn them into "Real Time Strategies" that help you decide how to act with intention both immediately and long term
  • Build shared commitment to attaining the goals and aspirations through their "Real Time Strategy"
  • Facilitate immediate integration of insights surfaced during the session into on-the-spot actions
  • Help people realize that they have more potential than they ever realized.

Here's how LSP works…

Dyan supplies the Lego® kits. Participants build three-dimensional models using LEGO® bricks in response to questions on individual identity, group/team identity, connections to other team/group members and successful team/group behavior. The LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®. In a nutshell, the process comprises:

Step One:
  Pose the Question
Step Two:   Construction
Step Three:   Sharing
Step Four:   Reflection
Step Five:   Dyan's Comprehensive Wrap up

Once a model is built, participants give it meaning and create stories around the model. The culmination of this process is the development of a set of guiding principles that allows a group/team to evaluate existing options and identify new ones, even when faced with tight constraints, complex situations, and unfamiliar territory.

Allowing each member to contribute and express him/herself results in a more sustainable change and in a faster and more effective way of identifying and accomplishing goals.

LSP distinguishes itself as a:

  • Remarkably efficient tool. By having participants make use of multiple intelligences—visual-spatial intelligence, linguistic intelligence, and bodily-kinesthetic intelligence—groups discover what they didn't know they knew in a very direct manner
  • Method for developing fresh insights into tough issues through the use of metaphor.
  • Tool that produces deep and sustainable results
  • Tool that works to integrate social, cognitive, and emotional dimensions into group exercises.
  • Tool that is particularly adept at leveling the playing field so that the power of a group's diverse resources and competencies can be realized
  • Means for revealing complex human systems so that teams know the landscape and are better prepared for the future
  • Way of productively addressing tough conflicts in organizations
  • Dyan's comprehensive wrap-up provides insights into next steps into one or more the seven core processes and guiding principles into going forward as a group.

LSP is built on the theory of "Constructionism" from Seymour Papert at MIT and his idea of concrete thinking. Thinking with and through concrete objects. "Constructionism" proposes that we gain knowledge when we construct something external to ourselves. Research has shown that when we use of objects as part of an inquiry process can make hidden thoughts more discussable.


Constructing internal mental maps becomes easier when you build external models that can be examined, shared, and discussed. This is consistent with psychology and art therapy that uses drawing, collage, and sculpture to create analogues of internal mental maps. In building three-dimensional models with LEGO® bricks, participants literally think with their hands.

Metaphors provide richer descriptions of our realities that might challenge assumptions and reveal new possibilities. The link between metaphors and learning has been widely researched. Metaphors generate radically new ways of understanding things. A series of dominant metaphors shape the way we understand organizations or groups in which we work or live. Metaphors transform us in their potential to uncover perceptions, attitudes and feelings which were previously subconscious or unarticulated. LEGO® bricks convey both strong cognitive as well as emotionally-charged information. Emotions play a particularly strong role in learning – they are useful in alerting us to important environmental changes, to appropriate responses and to anchor important events in our long-term memory.

Testimonials for LSP

"We accomplished more in two days than we had previously done over the course of several months of long tedious meetings."

"The ideas and creativity just start to flow. LSP brings out the best each team member has to offer."

"New ideas emerged from unexpected sources."

"The session helped our imaginations take off."

"LSP provides a tool to have fierce conversations, interrogate reality, provoke learning, tackle potentially tough issues, and enrich relationships."

"Biggest difference was how people were involved. The entire team was engaged and sharing their ideas with the group."

More Information: Tel. 1.866.420.3338 toll free. email: info@speakersalberta.com

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