LEGO serious play

Lego Serious Play as a Support Tool for Participatory Ergonomics

Proposer: Martina Kelly, National University of Ireland, Galway, (IRELAND), E-mail: martina.kelly@nuigalway.ie

Session Type: Workshop

Chairs: Dr Martina Kelly, & Dr Ralph Riedel

Brief Description: LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® is a method, which makes use of a facilitated workshop in which participants respond to tasks by building symbolic and metaphorical models with LEGO bricks and present them to the other participants. The LSP method builds on a set of basic values, which acknowledges that “the answer is in the system”; “Everyone has to express his/her reflections” and “There is no ONE right answer”. The LSP concept is founded on some key theories: (1) the importance of play as a way to learn through exploration and storytelling; (2) constructionism; (3) the hand-mind connection as a new path for creative and expressive thinking; and (4) the role of different kinds of imagination. Therefore the LSP method seems to provide significant value for Participatory Ergonomics (PE) because it supports most of the PE key elements such as team creation, involvement of people, making use of group decisions, facilitating learning and training etc. The application of the LSP method, its benefits and limits will be elaborated with interested experts in the field of PE in a specially designed LSP workshop. From their direct workshop experience experts will give valuable feedback on the efficacy of LSP as a PE support tool. Moreover, the workshop itself serves as a means of knowledge creation, as some actual questions in the context of participation in ergonomics, suitable methods, tools, guidelines for their application etc. are explored in detail bringing together different experiences and opinions and facilitating collective and experiential learning. The main output of the workshop will be the development of guidelines for PE support tools and of a research agenda for necessary further work in that field.

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Dr Martina Kelly, National University of Ireland, Galway, (e-mail: martina.kelly@nuigalway.ie)

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Dr Ralph Riedel, Technische Universtat Chemnitz, Germany, (e-mail: ralph.riedel@mb.tu-chemnitz.de)

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http://www.odam2014.org/Conference-Programme/Building-the-program/LEGO-serious-play
21 FEBRUARY 2019