SeriousWork started life in 2015 when Sean Blair and Marko Rillo shared a coffee at a gathering of LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® facilitators in LEGO's birthplace, Billund Denmark.
After discussing the lack of writing about LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® we planned a project to write a book, that aimed to help further legitimise LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®. A book to help you understand the process, impact and outcomes professionally facilitated meetings and workshops.
But then readers asked to learn more. They asked if we could train them to facilitate to the same standard that we do, so we designed what we think is the gold standard of LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® facilitation training courses.
We created a new approach to LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® training that is practice based and facilitation skills centred to help people not only learn about the method, but also develop their facilitation competency at the same time.
Those who know the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® method, know it's brilliant and powerful. Looking forwards, we'd like to see LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® being used to help tackle some of societies most intractable problems.
A noble purpose we hope you'll agree.
Sean is the founder of a ProMeet, an international professional facilitation business. He facilitates learning, growth and change in meetings, workshops, conferences, including with LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® all over the world.
Sean is one of the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®'s community's most active practitioners. He set up the first LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® MeetUp group in London. There are now over 40 LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® MeetUp groups globally.
Described as a systems innovator and 'itinerant provocateur', he imagines a better world. Unwittingly this annoys traditionalists.
Sean is part of the leadership team of EMENA International Association of Facilitators (IAF), an organisation that promotes the power of facilitation. He is an IAF Professional Facilitator and a winner of an IAF 'Facilitation Impact Award'.
Marko's passion for and early adoption of the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® method led him to establish the SeriousPlayPro community website that now has over 2000 members.
Marko first heard about the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® method at a conference with serious play guru Professor Johan Roos in 2005 and began experimenting with the method.
In 2007 he started his doctoral studies at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland where a former Imagination Lab research fellow professor Claus D. Jacobs became one of his academic mentors.
Marko participated in one of the last LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® certification training sessions that was provided directly under the auspices of the LEGO® Corporation. He has facilitated at tiny start-ups and international multinationals, he has also helped create a vision for a country.
Dr Marko Rillo
We have been very lucky to have some brilliant partners in helping write the book, who have shared their wisdom, advice and stories.
Looking back on the year it took to write the book, it's felt a bit like the classic 'Hero's Journey' … a call to adventure… meeting with mentors… crossing thresholds… tests… allies… challengers… and ordeals. Who could have foreseen that writing this book would be such an undertaking?!
It turns out that the challenges encountered along the way have helped discover opportunities to innovate: new models, new ways to learn and a vision for the growth of the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® method and community.
Some of this thinking challenges the current orthodoxy and that is the nature of innovation. As business guru Gary Hamel says, "Leaders of incumbents defend the status quo. They suffocate diversity or hold back change and construct hierarchies that blight creativity."
Through this journey we've leant to embrace unintended consequences and use challenge to create change. The history of LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® is a story of many beginnings and the unravelling of those bedevilled by one thing or another. But the successful move to the 'Open Source Model' provides the key to the future.
The future is open.
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