Learning & Development With A Playful Twist
 
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creating learning spaces that grow people & organisations

We…

Create learning spaces

At Ideas Alchemy we believe that creative learning lies at the heart of transforming people, plans, projects, strategies and culture within the world of work.

We create spaces that will drive you to become a “learning organisation” seeking deeper insights to act upon for improvement and growth.

Think differently

In disruptive times the same old solution or process simply doesn’t deliver like it used to. When organisational challenges don't have clear and immediate solutions, leaders and teams need to think differently about their roles, strategy and operations.

Transform organisations

At Ideas Alchemy we believe that taking time to reflect on plans, projects, strategies and work culture helps organisations transform.

We believe that teams/organisations know what they need to do to improve but sometimes lack the “shared” space and time to reflect, reframe and redesign.

 

Creative workshops and programmes

Creative Evaluation

Using cutting edge techniques to give honest, balanced feedback we provide insights that have impact.

Whether it’s a vision, organisation/team values, a particular project or a process, we provide a generous and creative process for evaluation.

Generating new ideas

We create programmes and sessions that will get you thinking differently and coming up with lots of new ideas. If you’re stuck in rut and need a new way ahead, this is for you.

Work With Schools

We provide simple courses for school leaders that develop better conversations using the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® method and materials. We also provide rapid team building and reflective exercises for INSET days.

Strategy Development

We creatively work with your leadership team; researching and identifying strategic options, selecting the most promising and deciding how resources will be allocated across the organisation to achieve objectives.

Large-scale Learning

Looking for a way to engage delegates and get complete buy in at your event or conference. We provide large scale learning and reflective moments using the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® method and materials.

Mentoring Conversations

Through coaching conversations we try to turn your work place experiences into learning that you can instantly apply. This is a reflective process that works at your pace and gives you maximum success

Team/Project Development

Ideas Alchemy consults and works alongside teams and projects at all levels within organisations.

We take time to work with your team or project group to build trust, develop deeper understanding and share learning. We endeavour to create a sense of identity, clarity and purpose that will sustain and guide your work together.

LSP Basics

Experience and learn about this amazing method that gets people of all ages thinking, talking and listening to each other. 

Ideas Alchemy provides a short training course to equip leaders, managers and workers with the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® method in developing deeper conversations, ideas sharing and basic group interactions within workplace.

LEGO® Serious Play®

Ideas Alchemy Consulting Limited are trained specialists, through intHRface Denmark, in facilitating the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® method and materials.

We use LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® to help develop teams, strategy and ideas that will have a long-lasting impact for your organisation:

Strategy development:

LSP is a great tool to develop new strategy - for a whole business or parts of your organisation. Through simple model that use metaphors and stories, new goals and strategies are developed on the table right in front of you.

 

Organisational development:

Organisations are increasingly challenged on how to be transparent, open and effective with their resources. We use LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® to understand the present strengths, challenges and surrounding context faced by organisations. This enables us to then construct an outline and definite elements for the organisation moving forward to consider.

Team development:

Ideas Alchemy facilitates workshops with leadership and staff teams, who want to experience LSP and also focus on a specific challenge within their tea e.g. analysing and exploring solutions related to collaboration, work place culture, leadership or team values.

Testimonials

About

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Ideas Alchemy is a small, creative learning and development consultancy based in the south of England run by Ben Mizen. It blends the worlds of smart thinking, coaching conversations, strategic innovation, team development, simple metrics and developing organisational culture with creative play to deliver cutting edge results for clients.

Ideas Alchemy works with businesses, educational organisations and charities that are seeking to develop their people, strategies, plans and programmes. It provides courses, interventions and events that deliver powerful learning insights to teams, organisations and companies through innovative and playful methods such as LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®.

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Ben Mizen has been involved in education and training since starting out as an undergraduate at the College of St. Paul and St Mary in 1989. Initially training and working as a primary class teacher he then moved into informal education and youth work. Working for Youth for Christ, the Anglican Church and The Boys’ Brigade, he designed and delivered therapeutic programmes to meet the needs of young people and training courses to equip leaders.

Between 2005 and 2018 he was an adviser in Youth & Children’s work developing policy, programme and training both regionally and at a nationally. During this time, he further developed his interests in creative teaching methods, disruptive forces, social enterprise, generational theory and coaching. Most notably he experienced the innovative teaching methods and programmes of the Kaospilots in Denmark and trained as a facilitator of the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® method and materials.

In 2018 he founded Ideas Alchemy. He also lectures part-time in the School of Business, Law & Communications at Solent University, where he focuses on enterprise, creativity and innovation.

Contact

Location:

Park Gate, Southampton, Hampshire

Telephone:

07974 418062