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Build & Share is a group facilitation method that builds on theory, research and application within positive psychology and narrative practices. When applied in groups and organizations you are bound to get a deeper, more meaningful understanding of topics especially related to motivation, resilience and engagement.

Positive psychology, the science of well-being and flourishing helps teams, groups and whole organizations ensure more sustainable change, transition and engagement. Add to that Build & Share™ which is an innovative, experiential method based on positive psychology that uses LEGO® to create metaphors and share stories.

Build & Share is a method that provides an engaging and more memorable approach to shared group understanding and self-exploration in areas related to well-being and optimal human functioning. Based on research that shows that literal hands-on, minds-on learning produces a deeper, more meaningful understanding of the world and its possibilities, Build & Share deepens the reflection process and supports an effective dialogue – for everyone in the group. This is done by posing reflective questions, but in stead on answering these questions in the traditional way, participants build their answer in for example LEGO® and respond by using metaphors and narratives they have created themselves.

The Build & Share three step core-process

The effective use of the Build & Share methodology rests on a thoroughly tested and researched three-step core process, which builds on a learning theory which ensures that participants take ownership of their own learning.

The three step core-process includes:

icon-1Questions that explore
The first step is to define what the group will explore, and to understand the context and meaning of what they are about to learn more about.
Considering the purpose of the workshop in advance, the facilitator has formulated each reflective question and its related building challenge in a way that will open up reflection and dialogue. The facilitator’s choice and formulation of the building task is crucial for participants’ experience of the process. When the process starts, the building challenge is posed to the participants, the building time is made clear, and the facilitator asks participants to build a model in LEGO® that expresses their thoughts on, or response to the building challenge.

icon-2Building meaning
The second step is the building process where participants build their response to the building task with LEGO®. The participants create a model connected to the area of exploration, involving their own knowledge, reflections – and their own hands. While building their models, participants assign meaning to their models by means of metaphors, figures of speech, and narratives. During construction of the model, the individual participants undergo a reflective process through which they gain a more clear and detailed conception of and insight into their own reflections and thoughts.

The building process both inspires and supports the reflective process, and participants are given a chance to think with their hands. The fact that participants use their hands to build concrete, three-dimensional models of their reflections and ideas, gives them easier access to the knowledge and experience that is stored in their subconscious minds and it catalyses new chains of thought.

icon-3Sharing & Reflection
The third step is where participants share their stories and assign meanings about their models with each other. It is very important that each participant gets the chance to share the story about their model. The sharing is in itself a reflection process, in that when they share their models, participants explore their own expressions more closely. Those listening also have an opportunity to explore in more detail what the narrator expresses through the model. The facilitator plays a crucial part in this phase by asking facilitating questions. Facilitating questions are asked with the purpose of getting participants to reflect more and share more about their thoughts and ideas with each other.

Sharing is fundamental

It is crucial that each person’s voice is heard during this process. Everybody shares what is on their minds, and everybody is listened to. This is very important in order to achieve the purposes of the Build & Share process: to let everyone share their thoughts in a constructive way and to give everybody a chance to hear each others’ points of view. Sharing is fundamental to Build & Share; on one hand sharing is done to create a common understanding of the group’s way of dealing with a situation, and on the other hand to create the best starting point for people to feel ownership for the reflections and ideas expressed. Eventually this will help them to arrive at the solutions and actions that need to be taken in order for them to enhance their well-being and group performance.

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