The value in the method does not come from the LEGO bricks, but rather from the combination of the bricks and the facilitation of the process.

(Kristiansen & Rasmussen, 2014, 5)

LSP was developed by the LEGO® company out of a dissatisfaction with the outcome of strategic meetings. There was an urgency to find new ways that would activate innovative thinking and creative problem solving especially when the company was facing problems such as strong competition from digital toy makers threatening its existence in the mid 90s. LEGO® looked towards its own bricks as a tool to empower its people to come up with innovative solutions.

The LSP method has developed and evolved over a number of years. There have been over 20 iterations so far (Rasmussen, 2006). Training in the method is today provided by master trainers Robert Rasmussen, Per Kristiansen and certified facilitators who have completed training with them. Knowing how to use LEGO® bricks is not a sufficient requirement to facilitate LSP workshops effectively and training in the LSP method is highly recommended (The LEGO® Group, 2010; James, 2013). Specialist LSP kits are sold by LEGO® to be used for the varied applications. However, experienced facilitators often put their own kits together which work equally well as they understand that it is not about the bricks, but what they enable. A smaller number of bricks should be seen as an opportunity to be more resourceful, according to the motto "less is more", instead of a barrier for richer expression.

The first use of LSP was largely in the business world, for strategic planning, team building and identity workshops. LSP has transformed business meetings and decision-making in the companies who embraced it. More recently, LSP is increasingly being used in Education (Gauntlett, 2007; Frick et al. 2013; James, 2013).

This video from Liquid Agency looks at the use of LSP in advertising and branding http://youtu.be/rld-gUrp-iw

 

 

 

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