Serious Play Facilitated Workshops

Serious Play

The Research School of Management offers a range of strategy, team building and leadership workshops using the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® materials and methodology. We combine world leading marketing, leadership and management expertise with the creative discovery process of serious play to provide tailored workshop experiences.  We use Lego Serious Play creative process for team building, strategy setting, career planning and idea sharing for your workplace.

What is LSP?

Lego Serious Play is a facilitation technique that uses a combination of personal focus through Lego model creation, creation of meaning through story-telling and structured sequences of active listening, engagement and story-making.  As a commercially orientated business process, it has evolved to apply structured play to enhance creativity, communication and innovation.  By building visual metaphors in Lego, and explaining the meanings of the model, LSP supports deeper insights into problems and unlocks more creative solutions through storytelling, meaning-making and experimentation. 


How is the process different?

Central to our process is the idea of non-judgemental discovery.  All workshops are conducted under the house rule of “Builder owns the meaning of the model” which is expressed in practice as no other participant can place meaning to a model – either directly, indirectly, verbally or through nonverbal communication. 

Ownership of the meaning of the model is strictly enforced, including during questions as to avoid statements masquerading as question, or questions with leading outcomes. As this approach is a learned behavior, the workshop includes three to five rounds of training and practice to enable the participants to freely create with Lego, express their views in metaphors and storytelling, and learn from their peers through open-end discovery questions.

By creating the environment where each individual is in control of the disclosure of information about their build, their ideas and their Lego model, we provide a flattened environment to hear those voices in the room that may often step back from the limelight, or who need a longer time to process and respond than is found in conventional meetings.

We provide the environment to let your people hear each other out, hear their own stories, and unlock the knowledge in the room through collaborative and collective story sharing.


About our facilitator

Dr Stephen Dann is a Senior Lecturer in the Research School of Management, College of Business and Economics at the Australian National University.  He is Certified Lego® Serious Play™ facilitator who has run over 100 Lego Serious Play workshops in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom.  He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK), and the recipient of the Australian and New Zealand Marketing Academy Conference Emerging Educator award, the College of Business and Economics Education Innovation award and the Australian National University Vice Chancellor’s Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning.


For more information on our Serious Play programs, please contact our Business Engagement Team.


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Updated:   30 January 2019 / Responsible Officer:  Director, Research School of Management / Page Contact:  College Web Team