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Lego Serious Play: A Tool for Building Results

August 26, 2019 Carmen Eckert Let's Talk Visual, Methods & Tools, SDC Experiences

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Sandra (Large)Although, from the outside, a LEGO SERIOUS PLAY workshop may just look like playing with Lego, its structured process elicits deep thinking, powerful storytelling, authentic collaboration and problem solving of complex challenges that organizations, businesses and communities face.
The few experiences led at SDC proved the efficiency of this process designed to enhance engagement, performance and innovation in large and small organizations.
After organizing a Lunch & Learn Session in June, here we are with a new blog post to invite you all experiencing “to think with the hands”.

Sandra Gentizon, SDC

 

What is Lego Serious Play?

Lego Serious play is a facilitation method based on the belief that everyone can contribute to the discussion, the decisions, solutions and the outcome.
The use of LEGO bricks simply enables you to take a speedy shortcut to the core. Deep learning and collaboration can more easily be provoked when people build ideas with their hands rather than just talk about them (80% of our neurons are connected with our hands).
The bricks work as a catalyst – and when used for building metaphors, they trigger processes that you were previously unaware of.

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When to use Lego Serious Play?

“LEGO SERIOUS PLAY rejects the idea that external ‘experts’ must be brought in to identify problems, and to propose solutions; on the contrary, LEGO SERIOUS PLAY begins with the assumption that the answers are ‘already in the room’, and invites participants to ‘think with their hands’ to build their understandings. Every member of the team participates, and everyone has a voice.”
Thus, when you want to gather the total individual and team brain power to work on complex business issues LEGO SERIOUS PLAY is the method of choice. And it can be used in a wide range of contexts such as:

  • Organizational development
  • Increasing employee engagement
  • Building a shared vision
  • Creating an organizational strategy
  • Change management of structural changes and mergers
  • Exploring development of new innovations

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How to use LEGO SERIOUS PLAY?

The basic sequence of any LEGO Serious Play process consists in three phases:

Phase 1: The Challenge
The facilitator poses the building challenge to the participants.

Phase 2: Building
The participants build a LEGO model representing their reflections on the building challenge.

Phase 3: Sharing
The participants share the meaning and the story that they have assigned to their own models.

This basic ‘building block’ is repeated several times in any LEGO SERIOUS PLAY session.

Why to use LEGO SERIOUS PLAY?

  1.  100% participation guaranteed
  2. Gives shy people confidence
  3. Fresh perspectives guaranteed
  4. Gets to core beliefs and values
  5. Authentic expression (no lies)
  6. Create a common language
  7. Clarifies complexity
  8. Group alignment guaranteed
  9. Memorable results
  10. Saves time

 

Ressources and Related Stories

Top ten reason to use Lego Serious Play
LEGO SERIOUS PLAY Open Source Manual
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Participatory videos for community development. Lessons from the Nepalese Himalayan Mountains

November 27, 2018 annavonsury Methods & Tools

Rating: 4.3 out of 5

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The use of participatory videos to document and share knowledge is gaining traction in development cooperation and community development. But can we leverage these videos in very remote areas with mostly illiterate people? Yes, we can. Here are insights and recommendations from using participatory videos in Nepalese Himalayan Mountains to support the development of community infrastructure projects, such as building drinking water systems and greenhouses.

By Christoph Pimmer and Urs Gröhbiel, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, Alex Zahnd, RIDS-Nepal/Switzerland

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K4D and the Trouble of Measuring Impact

April 21, 2017 Natalie Frei Change Stories, Learning Elsewhere

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

quadraticAt the beginning of April, Knowledge Managers from diverse backgrounds travelled to Geneva to witness the formal inauguration of the Knowledge for Development (K4D) Partnership and to honor the UN Joint Inspection Unit’s (JIU) report on Knowledge Management in the United Nations system. There was a broad consensus that the lack of ways to measure impact inhibits the potential of knowledge management and that the community needs to raise awareness for the importance of KM in preventing reinventions of the wheel.

By Natalie Frei, SDC

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Communicating innovative ideas with video

December 01, 2016 Leonie Pock Let's Talk Visual, Methods & Tools

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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The play button is the most compelling call to action on the web” says Michael Litt, CEO and co-founder of Vidyard, a platform hosting business video content for distribution to websites and social channels. Not very surprising quote considering his position, you may say. But the success of the company reflects also the importance of video not only in marketing but also in other forms of communication. In this blog post, we want to have a closer look at the benefits of video in communication and introduce Lightbulb – a new format for sharing new and innovative learning experiences of SDC collaborators, units and networks. By Leonie Pock

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Physical Design of Space to Support Learning

May 18, 2016 Leonie Pock Methods & Tools

Rating: 4.6 out of 5

Polona SirnikJana Repanšek_smallLearning being in the center of our work, we are constantly thinking of innovative ways to   bring it to the next level. Based on our substantial study of theories of learning and change, we about a year ago decided to devote our attention to the question of how physical design of the environment supports learning. We have teamed up with an architect to help us translate our understanding of learning into the physical design of our lobby that became an important part of our learning space.

By Polona Sirnik and Jana Repanšek, Center of Excellence in Finance (CEF)

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White water rafting with Duncan Green

June 23, 2015 Blog-Admin1 Learning Elsewhere

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

In an inspiring speech at the Annual Meeting of learn4dev, Duncan Green, senior advisor of Oxfam GB, compared the environment in which we are going to work in the post-2015-landscape to white water rafting. The landscape changes – new actors emerge, CSO, private sector, new donors -, the challenges may be others than we perceive them to be, and we do not have the appropriate solutions to emerging challenges.

By Charlotte Nager, SDC

New challenges

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How to recreate the face-to-face magic every day?

December 18, 2013 Blog-Admin1 Let's Talk Visual, Methods & Tools, SDC Networks

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Hynek

Face to face meetings are magic moments in a network’s life, full of life, interaction and social weaving. How can networks hold this vibrancy after the face to face meetings? “By creating a virtual face to face ambience,” says Hynek Bures. “With the Internet and today’s social media your colleague actually sits next door.”

By Hynek Bureš, dubbed perceptions

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Take up a challenge – visualise democracy!

December 04, 2013 Blog-Admin1 Learning Elsewhere, Methods & Tools

Rating: none

Snezana

Have you ever tried to imagine democracy? How does it look like? Do you see it as close as your neighbourhood or as far as the national state? We posed similar questions to more than 20 citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina. They were challenged to revoke, analyse and visualise very intimate relationships in the society and their bonds with the state. This process created new spaces for people – space for revoking personal stories, space for visualisation of experiences, space for learning, space for establishing relationships, and space for deepening knowledge about democracy.

By Snezana Mišić Mihajlović,  Centre for Management, Development and Planning, Doboj, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Where the action is – with learning apps

October 30, 2013 Blog-Admin1 Learning Elsewhere, Methods & Tools

Rating: 2.7 out of 5

 Katrin HansDaniel StollerLouisa Nigg

 

 

 

Mobile devices are booming. Around the world, in the global South, North, East and West people are using smart phones. And with the mobile devices apps are becoming more and more popular. Learning apps are an ideal form of learning for “homo mobilis”, the mobile human being. For example on Human Rights: Do you know what Human Rights Watch does? Or where the original manuscript of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is kept? Learning apps link theoretical and historical knowledge to actual events.

By Katrin Hans, Daniel Stoller-Schai and Louisa Nigg, LerNetz, Switzerland (more…)

Facebook as a learning tool?

October 16, 2013 Blog-Admin1 Learning Elsewhere, Methods & Tools

Rating: 4.7 out of 5

Can Facebook and similar tools help communities to learn? “Yes!” say Christoph Pimmer and Urs Gröhbiel, two researchers who have investigated the use of mobile phones and social software by medical students, doctors and midwives in Nepal and South-Africa. They challenge coordinators and project leaders to consider the potential of social mobile media in their projects, for reporting, networking and knowledge-exchange.

By Urs Gröhbiel and Christoph Pimmer, University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland

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Photo: Apprentice bricklayers with Chirsthoph Pimmer (middle) and Urs Gröhbiel (right) in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

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Time out for fresh thinking

July 10, 2013 Blog-Admin1 Let's Talk Visual

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Alp Morgeten, July 2013

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Why every presentation should be a little drama…

June 19, 2013 bit-wartung Methods & Tools

Rating: none

In the implementation process of the SRC Knowledge Management Concept the Inter- national Department of the Swiss Red Cross works on cooperation approaches and working methods. In a recent lunch time event with the title “presenting with inspiration” we were coached by an improvisation theatre specialist (Frank Renold, theatre anundpfirsich) on how drama can inspire our presentations. And how we can make our messages stick thanks to a little more drama in our presentations… (more…)

Social Reporting – Behind the Scenes

September 11, 2012 LND Methods & Tools

Rating: none

CarmenRiffNadiaNaraSocial Reporting on and from face-to-face meetings of SDC’s networks became a trendy practice. This blog post looks behind the scenes and reflects on three questions: What is actually Social Reporting? What makes it social? And is it worth the effort? (more…)

Peter Point’s Dream – Powerpoint Presentations and its Pitfalls

September 04, 2012 LND Let's Talk Visual, Methods & Tools

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NadiaNadia

Today’s blog post invites you to pause for a second and to think about one of the most used tools of everyday office life. Powerpoint. What once was considered a revolution in presentation technique today often turns out to be a threat to every knowledge transfer. With a short comic strip Nadia von Holzen and Nadia Lanfranchi would like to make you check over your presentation strategies. What is key to an engaging presentation? Are there alternatives to Powerpoint? And what should be considered in order to avoid Powerpoint’s pitfalls? (more…)

Blog reading? Reasons to read our sdclan Blog

August 22, 2012 LND Methods & Tools

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Nadia von HolzenNadia LanfranchiThis blog post asks about the motivation of reading our sdclan Blog. We are curious to know why you – dear blog reader – are with us, week for week, reading our posts and the posts of our guests. (more…)

NEWS & TRENDS June 2012

June 06, 2012 LND Methods & Tools

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HIGHLIGHT

Innovation. It all starts with an idea.

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Facing the Social Media Challenge

May 01, 2012 LND Methods & Tools

Rating: none

Jovan KurbalijaA new form of influencing policy-making is emerging thanks to the Internet. The Arab Spring, anti-ACTA protests, the Occupy movement, pirate parties have at least one thing in common: they all share the  Internet as an enabler. On the Internet, protest movements coordinate activities and manage to reach out to the global public. Governments and international organisations cannot ignore this substantive change. Jovan Kurbalija, in his contribution, discusses challenges facing governments and organisations in getting involved in the social media space. (more…)

SDC Networks – In the Shaping

April 17, 2012 LND SDC Networks

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Manuel FluryIn 2008 SDC has introduced networks as “caretakers” of knowledge and competence. Networks imply a particular mode of work, less hierarchical and self-managed. In what ways have the networks led to a changed way of learning? Could SDC secure its competence and operational quality? There are no final answers yet. The networks are developing their particular shapes and modes of sharing and learning. The key challenge remains for SDC and its collaborators: To engage in sharing in a trustful environment, both personally and institutionally. (more…)

E-collaboration at the FDFA

April 10, 2012 LND Learning Elsewhere, Methods & Tools

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Andreas SchoeneAfter Riff Fullan’s comprehensive contribution on e-collaboration and on its prerequisites, in this blog post Andreas Schöne concentrates on more general terms of information management and on the e-collaboration infrastructure to be expected in the near future for FDFA employees and external partners. (more…)

Visualization in Development Cooperation – On Photo Contests and Info Graphics

April 03, 2012 LND Methods & Tools, SDC Experiences

Rating: none

Nadia Lanfranchi

Today knowledge exchange is based to a great extent on written communication. Sometimes it seems that the ability to visualize ideas, to tell stories through pictures has been lost. Simultaneously we are exposed more than ever to non-verbal modes of communication, especially through photography and film. This post takes the tension between a widespread availability of easy-to-handle visualization tools and their comparatively poor integration into daily work processes as a starting point. In a video interview Anandsaikhan Nyamdavaa, National Programme Officer for SDC in Mongolia, shares with us experiences made by the Cooperation Office when trying to incorporate visual methods into different steps of the project cycle – from the kick-off event through to the report writing. (more…)

The beauty of networks: smart, dynamic, innovative

March 20, 2012 Blog-Admin1 Learning Elsewhere

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Nadia von Holzen

In her blog post Nadia von Holzen reflects on the nature of networks, on their constitution, texture and driving force. Networks shouldn’t be taken as rigid entities, they are driven by people and their engagement and are thus propelled by an inner dynamic. Networks grow, evolve and move and it is the network’s members who breathe life into this loose conglomerate transforming it into something similar to a living organism. Therefore networks are pivotal to a learning organization as they comprise essential qualities to manage, transform and generate knowledge. (more…)

The Reo II Tools and its possible consequences and impacts

January 24, 2012 LND SDC Experiences

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Reorganisation in SDC brought fourth a set of new or adapted tools aiming to optimize the impact of SDC’s work. From his personal perspective, a  former SDC colleague casts a critical eye on these tools and the capacity of  field offices to put them into practice and suggests a series of measures to tackle the related challenges. (more…)

Knowledge Champions in Development Organisations: a Key Way to Promote Knowledge Sharing and Learning?

January 17, 2012 LND Learning Elsewhere

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By Riff Fullan

2010_riff_fullan copyAt an organisational level, efforts to support greater knowledge management and learning can get ‘stuck’ within a mechanistic approach, designing structures or tools when one of the most important things to think about is people and how we can create the right conditions for them to interact in productive ways. The idea of having a variety of staff playing pivotal roles in enabling greater knowledge transfer – in other words, having Knowledge Champions – is one that is well worth exploring as a complement to other institutional knowledge management efforts. (more…)

NEWS December 2011

December 06, 2011 LND Methods & Tools

Rating: none

HIGHLIGHT

Collegial Coaching is a process that draws on experiences and practices of professional colleagues in order to share new ideas, teach one another or solve a problem. Watch this entertaining clip to get a clear idea of the mechanisms of this useful tool. Or go to the Learning & Networking Website to get more information on Collegial Coaching.

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Visual Methods in Development Cooperation – Beyond Social Reporting

November 15, 2011 LND Methods & Tools

Rating: none

By Kuno Schläfli and Nadia Lanfranchi

NadiaKuno SchläfliLast week the Democratisation and Local Governance Network (DLGN) and the Multimedia Group of SDC organised a workshop to explore and debate the potentials of incorporating visual methods in development cooperation. It was an occasion to dig deeper into the field, to gain insight on which possibilities open up if new communication technologies are integrated into social processes and projects. Thus, with respect to social reporting as an instrument to report collectively and in real time from face to face conferences or other events, the discussed methodologies go one step further. They aim at involving the real beneficiaries of development projects into the project cycle and seek to give them a voice and to enable others to listen to their stories. (more…)