All our workshops are based on social science research (social intelligence, possible selves, psychology of money, team dynamics, decisionmaking, appreciative inquiry, to name a few). There's a reason behind all the play, and a reason it works.
Money & Career Workshops. 2 hours, open to all. These are what we call the "Socratic workshops"--know yourself. Because before you can pursue financial literacy, before you can sketch out a career path, you should know what's important to you in life, what you want to achieve, what money means to you, what your skills are, what your risk tolerance is. These workshops help you uncover those so you have a foundation for your financial life and your career. We do a Family Version that gets the whole family talking about values and goals, and honesty about money.
Money, Inside Out - Saturday, November 17, 9:45-12 noon. Free, but must register through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/money-inside-out-tickets-51159767241
What’s Next? Career Workshop - Saturday, December 1, 9:45-12 noon. Free, but must register through Eventbrite.
We ask that you register so we have enough spaces and bricks.
Anti-Burnout Workshops. 1-3 hours, depending on group. Aimed at people in the caregiving professions (teachers, nurses, mental health workers, e.g.) and based on research in resilience and self-regulation. Talk to us about what one could look like for your group.
Anti-BullyWorkshops. 15 minutes-1 hour. For kids, either a come-and-go event or a focused event for kids that stay put. Based on that same research on resilience and self-regulation for kids. This requires parental/caregiver involvement, so the family can keep talking about taking care of yourself and others.
“Thank you” workshop - Monday, November 19, 9-11 am, at The Trailhead at Clearfork. Kids take home a picture of the model they built, on a postcard where they write a “Thank you” to someone they know, just in time for Thanksgiving! No registration necessary. 9
Working Together. 2-4 hours, depending on purpose. These workshops are customized for teams, organizations, and communities to express their identity, engage in planning and goal-setting, figuring out implementation, and making decisions. Talk to us about what a meeting customized for your group would look like.
Here's what some participants in our workshops have said about them. No names (we protect the privacy of people who give us feedback, because the internet can be a wild place), but ask us for references if you want.
Thank you so much for doing the workshop for us. It was a lot of fun! This was a great activity to help staff recognize how the seemingly small things they do every day make a huge impact on people's lives and that they are all superhero's at heart. It definitely helped us positively express our appreciation to staff who don't often get that recognition.
I think it would be neat in future to have staff work together to build their superhero as a group using the Lego bricks as well, but I know we were limited on time! Awesome job to [Powered by Play]; you were great!
Program Manager, MHMR Tarrant
As I was searching to find a team bonding activity to further unite a three-time national championship team of 37 women, I felt compelled by a previous Lego Serious Play experience I had been familiar with through graduate school. After getting into contact with [Powered by Play], she was immediately able to get right to the heart of the team’s culture through the use of Lego Serious Play. The session allowed the team to question one another’s values in a healthy laid-back environment, further reuniting this group in a way that has yet been done before.
[Powered by Play] was very attentive to the program’s needs, and was able to build a 3-hour long session with a detailed action plan previously prepared within the coaching staff’s wants/needs. This in itself enabled the coaching staff to weave their purpose into the session simultaneously.
If you are looking for a team/corporate bonding activity that focuses on building one another up through mental preparation in a low-key environment, I would highly recommend going through [Powered by Play] if you are located within the Texas area. With the strategies, activities, music, and guided sense of direction Susan provided, she allowed the group to find their purpose within the team and to continue focusing on the bigger picture.
Baylor Director of Operations (Acrobatics & Tumbling)
I was surprised by how much you can learn about yourself and others from mind play--different approaches with Legos, creative but also fun. Inner child. I liked using Legos.
You’ve had years, maybe decades of experience of meetings and retreats thatare supposed to solve a problem or make a decision or at least make people work better together. And they go nowhere, as you listen to people give canned, safe non-answers and spin their wheels. Sometimes, a decision gets made or a solution is suggested, but no one will take ownership of, so nothing gets done, after all that talk.We’ve been there, too, and it is an exasperating, frustrating, foot-stomping experience.
This experience gets more intense with the uncertainty and volatility of the world today, and makes fixing this process a more pressing issue. Something’s missing, and it’s not some expert coming in to tell you what to do. You’re the expert, you just need a way for you and others to access the ideas, experiences, and thoughts in your own heads, and a way to express them so they get a fair and full hearing, with people collaborating on a solution.
We found that way when we found out about using play to help people access their own genius to create their own solutions. That’s what we’re offering to you now. Skip the canned non-solutions, build your own successes. Call us, try us, surprise yourself.
Because we use the LEGO® Serious Play® methodology and materials--we're trained facilitators in it--people sometimes think we work for LEGO. We AND the LEGO® Group want you to know that we do not work for LEGO® and LEGO® does not endorse or sponsor us. But we do have a boatload of LEGO® bricks we use in our workshops.