The LSP method

The workshop process is based on a series of challenges set as questions, a visual response to these and the sharing of stories. Limited time, usually between 1 and 5 minutes is made available for model building as a response to individual questions,. More complex applications might require additional time. A full workshop can last from one hour to a full day.

The LSP method is premised on the idea that the solution is in the system, it encourages everybody to participate actively and become part of that solution. Everybody has a voice and shares their thoughts, reflections, ideas and feelings, to move the collective forward and become the solution to a specific problem or intervention through building LEGO® models. The models and their metaphorical meanings are owned by their creators and the creativity in expression has nothing to do with the representation of an idea from an artistic standpoint. There is no right or wrong way of doing it. Each participant is unique and expresses themselves in unique ways.

LSP is a highly active and pan-participatory activity. Using the LSP methods means opening-up, being honest with self and others, having a voice. To hear and be heard, to actively participate and contribute, to discuss openly, honestly and respectfully, to work together towards an agreed goal but also to reflect critically, think, re-think and un-think. LSP leads to personal and collective learning, development and growth.

As LSP requires openness and honesty, it can also be seen as a highly sensitive process that might expose participants, their values, thoughts and ideas as well as their feelings. Therefore, In order to make LSP work effectively, it is vital that participants feel that they are in a safe environment where sharing is enabled through mutual respect and acceptance of differences and individuality. The facilitator plays a key role in this. Working practices and goals need to be negotiated and agreed with the participants at the start of each LSP workshop.

The LSP facilitator plays a vital role in the use of LSP, the process itself and the outcomes. They lay the foundations for the effective application of the LSP process, including the creation of a supportive and safe environment that ensures pan-participation. The facilitator is tasked with carefully monitoring what happens during a workshop, to sense challenges or tensions and respond quickly and smoothly to maximise engagement and output. Facilitators do not participate in the building process; they assume a position outside the participants. Effective facilitators bring the best out of the participants and empower them to share their thoughts and ideas and become part of the solution, part of learning and learning itself.