Global Leaders Play Well at the United Nations Summit in New York City
Peopletech SJB - On September 19 and 20,, 2013, members of the North America Strategicplay® Group were on-site in New York City for the United Nations Leadership Summit. You may have already heard that LEGO® presented the United Nations with a large LEGO® UN Model to thank the UN Secretary-General for his work in the area of education for children.
It was wonderful to see Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, representing the LEGO® Group, present the model to Ban Ki-moon, who placed the final brick with the UN flag onto the model. Huge excitement surrounded this moment!
Leaders came, built, made their stories, and reflected. Many people took photographs and some even videotaped themselves telling the larger model story, so they could return to their home countries and present the ideas of the event.
It was a great example of how LEGO® bricks can be used to help people express their ideas and inner thoughts, and how the bricks provide a powerful visual tool for greater understanding through storytelling.
Not only did people verbalize how much they enjoyed the chance to build, some constituents commented that the LEGO® building was extremely helpful after engaging in high-level meetings all day.
They could see how the time to build and make and hear stories provided a valuable space to relax, play, incubate, and solidify their thoughts on the important topics facing the world today.
Sebastian Simand is a consultant and trainer with extensive experience in Indonesia and overseas.