David Gauntlett | Micro LEGO Serious Play: How small can a useful tool for thinking be? LEGO Serious Play is a way of using LEGO bricks to express feelings and ideas. It is used by adults (mostly), to collaborate and discuss relationships and concepts. The building is done in metaphors – which might sound odd at first, but our research shows that almost anyone can pick it up. The process offers a unique and powerful way for people to exchange ideas. I have a long-standing interest in the idea that, if you give people the opportunity to be creative and make things, they can often communicate more fully and more thoughtfully than they might do just through talking. For this reason I worked with the LEGO Group on LEGO Serious Play from 2005, and ended up co-writing the ‘open source’ release of LEGO Serious Play, launched in 2010. The official version of the LEGO Serious Play process is brilliant, but it’s heavy. To take a couple of these boxes anywhere you need strong arms, and a car. Now. It is, I think, a really nice set. So, here are the parts – 37 pieces. I gave it a go.
Home | Brickset: LEGO set guide and database MIT Researchers Use Legos To Solve Real-Life Problems CAMBRIDGE (CBS) – From the blockbuster movie, to the new Legoland Discovery Center opening in Somerville at the end of the month, the old school children’s toy is a modern day hit. Across the river in Cambridge, there is evidence that Legos are also a hit with researchers. It turns out, the brainiest of the brainiacs at MIT are also Legomaniacs. Ira Winder is a researcher and project manager of CityScience at the MIT Media Lab. He’s using Legos to study the “walkability” of a city. MIT’s Lego version of Kendall Square in Cambridge. “The Legos help me express the ideas I’m really passionate about,” he said. He builds Lego models of cities, then projects computer data onto the Legos so researchers can test how changes to infrastructure will affect real life. Winder is currently helping city planners in Australia increase the walkability score of a proposed new city. It’s not just in Ira’s office. Legos litter the landscape here. One of the many creations in the MIT Media Lab.
Therapist Encouraging Top Business Executives to Play with Lego | Serious Play Pro An interesting post from Get West London about the use of Lego Serious Play in therapy A Harefield woman is among a new breed of therapists encouraging grown men and women to stop working and start playing – specifically with Lego. Jane Anderson, from Shelley Lane, has been a neuro-linguistic programming practitioner for five years, but over the past 14 months has been concentrating on a new form of therapy for adults which is almost child’s play. Mrs Anderson, 48, uses Lego to help top business executives make positive changes in communication and also during problem-solving for teams and individuals. It is called Lego Serious Play (LSP) and it is sweeping the nation’s boardrooms, with Google and British Airways just two of the big name companies who use the therapy for team building and staff counselling. “We believe that everyone has something unique and valuable to contribute, yet in many meetings, 20 per cent of people speak and 80 per cent listen,” she said.
Research Institute "I bough this together with the exo suit which is a superior set to this one from my point ofview but this one is awesome also and I will say why: + there are 3 minifigs (happen to be female) these minifigs look to me like standard female characters already available so not a big "whoa" but OK they are fine ;) + 3 small setups make a room for more creativity and combinations + price is good! Finally a ideas/cuusoo smaller set that is not so expensive like the rest. + this set somehow came out in the right time after some letter posted on the blogs even if it had nothing to do with it .. people think it has so LEGO hit 2 points with one shot! - I fear this set will be perma sold out and will be hard to get for those that it was aimed at .. The build is quite easy so I don´t think it needs much attention. So in all aspects this is a fine set with a very fair price. I attach the original proposals ;)"
Screen Shot 2014 08 18 at 2 06 27 PM Lego and Gender Issues Article from BBC News Magazine | Serious Play Pro Tom De Castella has written for BBC News Magazine a story about Lego’s moves on gender stereotypes. Three new Lego figures – all female scientists – have been unveiled. But why does the toy maker’s portrayal of women provoke such controversy? A paleontologist, an astronomer, a chemist – into the pantheon of children’s toys stride three new Lego characters. Not so surprising. In the context of criticism of endless pink-branded items for girls and sexist child marketing, Lego’s new range – Research Institute – could be significant. Lego finds itself a key battleground in the debate about toys and gender stereotyping. The new range of scientists was released online last week and has sold out, with another batch to be made available later this month. The Research Institute set was proposed by geoscientist Ellen Kooijman and backed in a public vote on a Lego crowdsourcing website. So what do feminists think of the female scientists? “It was pure construction toys, so very inclusive.
The bricks that keep building - Features – N by Norwegian There are over 400 billion pieces of Lego in existence. That’s more than 80 interlocking Lego toy parts for every person on the planet. Lego now exists on our iPhones and game consoles; and when the trailer went up for The Lego Movie, released early next year, starring Will Ferrell and Morgan Freeman, six million people saw it in the first week. However, just 10 years ago the Danish company behind this massive global phenomenon was on the verge of going bust. How, exactly, did the Billund-based company go from near-collapse to last year becoming the world’s most valuable toy company, with a value of US$14.6 billion (NOK87 billion), after profit increases of more than 40 per cent every year for the past five years? The Lego story begins at the height of the Great Depression in 1932, when Danish carpenter Ole Kirk Christiansen began making simple timber playthings to supplement dwindling orders. What had been simple bricks grew to encompass tiny human-like characters: Minifigures.
‘This is a new sport’ - 35th America's Cup It was one year ago today when ORACLE TEAM USA and Emirates Team New Zealand lined up, improbably, for the start of Race 19 of the America’s Cup Finals. We say ‘improbably’ because the score was 8-8. Just one week earlier, ORACLE TEAM USA had trailed in the series, 8-1. The winner of this final race would win what had turned out to be a marathon America’s Cup. Watch a replay of the final race here It was the closest America’s Cup in history. “These are sights and sounds that nobody in sailing ever dreamt we would see,” was the way television commentator and former America’s Cup skipper Ken Read described the racing. Two wing-sailed catamarans flying above the water - upwind and downwind - at times less than a boat length apart, and traveling at speeds in excess of 40 knots. The sailors transformed into world-class athletes operating at maximum physical exertion for 30 minutes at a time as they battled the elements and each other for every inch of advantage.
Lego Serious Play at a Job Interview | Serious Play Pro Today, I want to share with you a fantastic experience helping a Human Resource department with job interviews. In my years of experience I participated in a few job interviews and always had the feeling that I am getting ‘prepared’ answers. With all the information we have in the internet, it is not very difficult to find the answers that any hiring manager is looking for. I don’t have a very traditional approach when I run interviews. With the time, I tried always to put the interviewee out of the comfort zone with some ‘crazy’ questions to get real answers. Another challenge is evaluating soft skills? Hence – I started to discuss about it with the Human Resource team, and I found that people with +10 years of experiences doing interviews had the same concerns. The process was simple. Facilitator asks a questionInterviewee builds a model and tells a story about the modelInterviewers asks additional questions about the modelNeither are allowed to talk ‘outside the model’
Digital Designer You CAN NO longer order your models The original Design byMe vision was for a unique customization service, where consumers could design whatever they imagined on their computer, and buy the real model in their own LEGO box. Design byMe attracted several million people each year to build a huge range of amazing creations using the LEGO Digital Designer (LDD) software. Despite this success, the overall Design byMe experience has struggled to live up to the quality standards for a LEGO service. As a result, the LEGO® Design byME service was closed in January 2012. Where did my models go? You can still design what you want with LEGO Digital Designer and upload models into a public gallery on the new LEGO Digital Designer website. What about other Custom products? This is not the end of customization for the LEGO Group, but a revision. Finally... The LEGO Design byME and the LEGO Factory team would like to thank you all for six great years of custom building!