THE CONCEPT BEHIND THE TOY FIGURES
Gamification is the MegaTrend, PLAYMOBIL pro. is the technique. Similar to LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®, PLAYMOBIL pro. is targeting the modern business world by translating and making their matters tangible. The method was first used in 2015 where the Medical Academy for Psychotherapy of Children and Adolescents used the material to support diagnoses within the play therapy. PLAYMOBIL developed this approach into an intuitive tool for creative role-play applications in adult education. The special workshop facilitation kits are available since 2019.
Both the advantages of a play and the positive association with the PLAYMOBIL brand ensure that ecosystems become concrete and dynamic.
The common efficiency routine within organisations and processes generally destroys things like innovation and divergent ways of thinking. Through the “flow” while playing, the participants lose their feeling for time and automatically step into virgin territory. But don’t worry – our moderators will keep timing under control.
By modelling with the game characters – which act as a catalyst of thoughts and as a utility to show precision – your system is being revealed. Participants can trust their intuition, totally independent of their cultural background or possible language barriers.
The basis is a neutral toy figure that gets designed and configured individually by the participants in accordance to the task of the workshop. Aided by this visualisation, the players will answer the core question. Due to the manifold portrayals of the individual figures, different views (like the perception of the boss or the sales force) become transparent and comprehensible. It helps that courtesies and power disparities clearly take a back seat.
The empathy-based approach of this technique allows an obvious transformation of the characters in the game – from the individual participant to the eco system to the whole organisation. Creativity fills the game-typical elements with metaphors, which evidently lead to more motivation and to a greater learning effect. Scenarios are developed, described, run through and reflected with a bird’s eye view. This allows to systemise functional areas, to question functionalities or to “just” communicate and implement modern ways of working.
Sometimes, even the application of a new facilitation technique demonstrates that you are a future rebel.
Yes – we are, too! That’s why the PLAY SERIOUS AKADEMIE activates with their agile methods for more than 12 years now – beyond “either / or” – to create your sustainable future fitness.
P.S. From experience, the PLAYMOBIL pro. facilitation technique can be used for tasks within Design Thinking, Personas for example.
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PLAYMOBIL pro. Facilitator, PSA”
You are a moderator, coach, mediator or even a trained LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® facilitator? You know that the flip chart alone will not set off a methodical fireworks anymore? Our facilitator training can adjust to company-specific conditions. The PLAY SERIOUS AKADEMIE is active both nationally and internationally, multi-lingual, for smaller and larger groups across all business trades – for example with LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®. In 2019 alone, we’ve already educated more than 100 new facilitators.
Note: We’re always keen to meet new facilitators who can work with us to make organizations fit for the future. Often, our trainings are the first point of contact.
WORKSHOP WITH PLAYMOBIL pro. – FROM 3 TO 200 PEOPLE – NO MATTER WHERE
Thinking with your hands is the way we work for 12 years now.
It is important to understand that transformation needs systemic objectives. The PLAY SERIOUS AKADEMIE develops these transformations with or without an ecosystem – depending on the objectives of the event.
Neutral play figures are used to develop and present the own role. Creative role plays, simulations as well as precise discussions may be productive, but they don’t have to. Every event format, every workshop, every convention needs their own concept. And gets one – tailored by the PLAY SERIOUS AKADMIE. No matter if strategy development, the perfect customer and employee journey or interface management: We only can and we only want individual!
Projected patterns of behaviour of an organization on its fundamental orientation are modelled in 3D by which they become clearer, maybe even unambiguous. The attractive visualisation maintains the tension, orientation is made easy.
The foundation therefor is a common understanding. Grasping – in both senses of the word – gets the participants into the “flow”. The usual pressure for efficiency vanishes, the feeling for time changes. Now it’s really the strategy is that counts – away from competition for resources or personal targets.
Note: The facilitator is more important than the play figures. PLAYMOBIL pro. is “just” the facilitation technique.
The pictorial setting for clarifying objectives and conflicting goals conduces to the alignment of all associated fractions of the organisation. This way, everyone is part of the system, part of the problem and part of the solution. This organism is being discussed as a whole and defines the links within the (re-)alignment.
Yes, complexity can be made tangible, touchpoints become simpler.
The “path of the customer” – while purchasing a product, for example – can be visualised and discussed brilliantly using PLAYMOBIL pro. Alternating between role play and bird’s eye view clarifies the points of interaction like naturally. This way, for instance, a lack of understanding for the market can be identified. A session of this kind can include channels of communication and touchpoints.
Initiating, planning, steering, controlling and finalising projects is very easy to model with the help of PLAYMOBIL pro. Thinking with your hands creates structure, even with the highest complexity. Understanding and reproducing other perspectives illustrates different spheres of activity – possibly even priorities.
Accelerators for that are “emotion” and “fun” – without losing focus. Why should workshops and conferences not be remembered in a positive way? That’s why there is the facilitator team of the PLAY SERIOUS AKADEMIE.
CLARIFICATION OF TEAMS AND ROLES
PLAYMOBIL pro. can be used in many different ways while working with people. The play figures allow for a new type of introductions, setups and scenic plays. Roles and tasks are discussed on an empathic level – far away from organisational charts – but still very close to structure and culture. This way, the colleague or the client really gets a face and a clear position. PLAYMOBIL pro. allows the soul to follow.
Regularly, Powerpoint presentations come to a limit – didactically and in terms of content. But definitely, there is an alternative: PLAYMOBIL pro.
Information becomes transparent and conclusive through symbols and metaphors.
Conversion and transfer of knowledge are the DNA of the PLAY SERIOUS AKADEMIE and of THE TREND WATCHER. We believe that hard-headed facts can also be cast into stories. Therefor, the PLAYMOBIL pro. figures are great!