Meet the Global Serious Games Institute

Welcome GSGi

December 18, 2023
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4 min read
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In 2011, as we published our first website filling it with images of LEGO® bricks, little we knew about what was coming! We just had an intuition of the importance the shared identity of many people who — like us — had lived through the Eighties would have for the future of work, as we become today’s decision makers, entrepreneurs and facilitators.

Fast forward to 2016, we are in Milan welcoming the national press at the first ever “LSP Fest” we have organized to introduce the beauty of the LEGO® Serious Play® (LSP) method to the whole of Italy. Fond of the power of play, we’ve launched the event with the claim “Growing the best of LEGO® Serious Play®”. And that is exactly what happens: the general public meets this method and resonates with the beautiful principles it brings to the table. A space for expression for all participants to contribute. A playful way to join our thoughts and our emotions to craft better ways forward. The recognition of the human being in her uniqueness as the center of any path towards beautiful work and a better society.

Back then, among the different interpretations of the Open Source method released in Creative Commons by the LEGO Group, we chose to embrace the version further developed by Robert Rasmussen and delivered by the “Association of Master Trainers”. The choice was simple for us, having met LSP through the heart and hands of Lucio Margulis in 2013 while Lucio was working with that association. In fact, the combination of Lucio’s immense talent and the rigorously designed training by the Association of Master Trainers was, back then, a no brainer for us. Easy choice.

Since then, we have trained hundreds of people and delivered countless LSP workshops in many countries, while we have kept working and experimenting with many other serious games. As we evolved, though, and the world changed more than a bit, we have started feeling constrained by old choices. The LSP method needed to evolve, for many good reasons. A new methodology was also being born (now alive and known as the Serious Games System, or SGS). And we had come to believe that the global community of serious games facilitators needs a place of belonging based on inclusion, openness, continuous experimentation, solid scientific knowledge — all in all, the very same values on which LSP was launched by the LEGO Group in 2010 through the Open Source document, and that we had not seen embodied by the context in which it was being held across the years.

This is how the Global Serious Games Institute was born. In summer 2023, as Lucio Margulis got free from previous commitments, together with partners and institutions from 8 countries, we have just given birth to this new place of belonging. As we keep growing the best of LSP, a better training experience has been designed and, in only 3 months, already delivered in 7 countries with amazing feedback. A new story has just begun, one with serious games truly at heart. Welcome GSGi.

See for yourself here: www.seriousgames.global

The certification GSGi provides

At the end of the training, the Institute issues an internationally recognized certificate, attesting that the participant took part in the training according to the high-quality standards of the Global Serious Games Institute.

In this regard, we feel the need to clarify that there is no official certification program approved by LEGO Company, and there are no facilitators officially appointed by LEGO Company, nor LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® master trainers or facilitator trainers.

Since 2010, there has been neither LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Training Board nor Advisory Board, nor LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® partners with special status or formal relationships with LEGO Company. No group or individual facilitator is formally endorsed by LEGO Company.

Therefore, there is no certificate more valid than another in the world, and what makes the difference is the quality of the institution issuing it.

We understand that certification is a relevant topic, especially in certain contexts, however, we want to conclude this piece by sharing our perspective on this matter.

We have always believed that a certificate, whatever it may be, can attest to the participation in a training course, not the skills actually acquired. For this reason, we believe that the quality of the learning experience and the path each person takes after completing the course are fundamental. Training is only the gateway to acquiring a skill that necessarily develops over time, through experience. This is why we are investing a lot of energy in creating opportunities for what happens after the training.

One of the goals for which GSGi was created is to establish an international community that can grow together in the use of LSP and serious games, having opportunities to meet even after those magical training days, and not only benefiting from but also contributing to co-create new resources and moments of discussion and training.

If you think all of this has value for you, check the FAN – FACILITATION ACEDEMY NEXUS website where you will find all upcoming trainings and development opportunities available for you. It’s a pivotal space where facilitation skills, knowledge, methodologies, and professionals meet and interact, creating a dynamic learning environment.


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