International Relations Lab: Playing strategically with Lego


The LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methodology is an innovative process designed to enhance innovation and business performance. Based on research which shows that this kind of hands-on, minds-on learning produces a deeper, more meaningful understanding of the world and its possibilities

The second task involved sculpturing an aspect of the team in order to then make a train connecting all these ideas together. This was the perfect way to highlight any niggles team members had with any aspect of the project while creating a platform for everyone to voice their opinion.

The final task was by far the most enjoyable. We were given a mountain of Lego once again but this time we were secretly given a team member to build. This revealed how well the group had gotten to know each other in such a short space of time and highlighted the warm bond we had all formed.

Overall, my reservations about the workshop were unfounded, as actually it was a great way to meet the teams and fully encompassed the words of Plato “you can learn more about a person in an hour of play than you can from a lifetime of conversation.”

Written by Grace Elizabeth Brookes, BBA Student and IR Lab Member (2014/2015)