This two- to three-hour workshop for 6 - 600 participants is an ideal experience for groups who need to build trust, connections and insight. It is powered by LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY™, and 10,000 people have experienced it in hundreds of a sessions around the world since 2001. Plato summarized the power of Think With Your Hands in The Republic: "You learn more about a person in an hour of play than a year of conversation."
Seeking to develop your team, explore strategy, or to deepen connections and understanding? Think With Your Hands is a transformative workshop where participants co-create multiple correct solutions.
<— Watch this video to learn about a ”Staff Day” experience for 350 people.
This workshop brings your right brain out to play and activates design, story and empathy; it also enables synthesis and helps reveal meaning. Another part of the magic of Think With Your Hands is in our neurobiology: the hand-brain connection. A disproportionate number of nerves in our hands are hot-wired to the brain, and Think With Your Hands puts them to work -- the process of building models and creating stories about them - "speaking LEGO" - is an utterly different way to process our work lives, share our insight and build common understanding.
During this process, teams co-create models and stories, share and connect with other participants, and explore relevant themes at a deeper level than a simple conversation.
Sometimes, in the midst of Plato, Constructionism theory, neurobiology and other "serious" stuff, it gets lost that Think With Your Hands is fun! Play For a Purpose (a.k.a adult play) is a rich resource for tapping the collective imagination of teams. Influential business authors like Bruce Nussbaum [Creative Intelligence], Daniel Pink [A Whole New Mind] and Michael Schrage [Serious Play - no relation] concur that serious play is not just necessary -- but critical for breakthrough innovation.
One of the most rewarding parts of the Think With Your Hands experience is co-creating an actual "thing" with your team. Our lives are so digital and technology-centric now that something tangible made in the physical world is almost a novelty. But there is power and pride in making something three-dimensional, and sharing that creation; it also sparks the question: "what else can we build together?"
Imagine a "Gallery" of these models and stories around the gathering times at your conference! These are a big hit that encourage yet more connection and interaction (the team at left is diligently moving their well-annotated co-creation into a prime spot near the happy hour bar...)
"It's like a brain spa!"
"Playing seriously seems so light and fun - then you realize later that you have done some real work!"
"A huge success - your skills are second to none, and this workshop set the tone and connected our team."
The Think With Your Hands experience really embedded the key strategic messages we wanted."
Think With Your Hands, a workshop powered by LEGO®
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