Rebuild the World… with LEGO®!

Today, over 100 children have congregated at the LEGO® House in Billund, Denmark to launch the LEGO® Group’s new ambitious campaign, Rebuild the World. A collaboration with musician Mark Ronson, Rebuild the World aims to develop creative problem-solving in future generations. Children can develop this skill through imagination and play, which is where LEGO® bricks come in! Can you imagine a LEGO® inspired world? Have a look at some of the possibilities in the official campaign video below.

Rebuild the World campaign video, ©2019 The LEGO Group.

What makes the official campaign video particularly interesting is that everything in it is inspired by LEGO® sets and elements both past and present. Personally, I really enjoyed the nods to classic Minifigure accessories and Fabuland. The Minifigure-like movement of the actors is also great. There is really a playful feel to the whole thing, reminiscent of fantastic child-like imagination. Still not clear on the goals of this initiative? Niels B. Christiansen, CEO of the LEGO® Group, and Jørgen Vig Knudstorp, executive chairman of the LEGO® Group, share their thoughts on some of the skills they hope to foster with Rebuild the World below.

Rebuild the World, ©2019 The LEGO Group.

The LEGO® Group aims to promote creative problem solving through play!

Rebuild the World launched today at the LEGO® House, where over 100 kids had the chance to play with bricks and meet Mark Ronson. They were also able to take part in “Rebuilder” workshops with designers, inventors, and LEGO® professionals. In the spirit of rebuilding, the workshops were aimed at solving everyday problems, redesigning existing landmarks, and inventing entirely new gadgets.

Rebuild the World.
Rebuild the World, ©2019 The LEGO Group.

As an educator in the “real” world, I am really thrilled by this initiative. I see students everyday who are so busy, they never have time to play. Their lives are filled with homework, organized activities, and schedules. Down time to just play and tinker is a thing of the past in many cases. With no time to just be, there is no time to imagine, try, and more importantly, fail. Failure is an important component of the creative process and learning. Failing at something teaches kids to pick themselves up and try again. Not succeeding also highlights what does not work. This way, when we try again, we know what not to do. Why not learn these skills safely through play?

Rebuild the World, ©2019 The LEGO Group.

For more information about this initiative, you can click here to visit the official site. You can also find out how to take part in the challenge. Additionally, I have attached the official press release below. Will you help rebuild the world?

Until next time,

-Tom

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©2019 The LEGO Group.

Press Release

THE LEGO GROUP WITH MARK RONSON INSPIRE KIDS TO REBUILD THE WORLD

Today, the LEGO Group and musician Mark Ronson launch Rebuild The World, a campaign to help nurture the creative skills of the next generation.

Over 100 children will meet Mark and other inspiring figures, such as 19-year-old David Aguilar, who built several prosthetic arms from LEGO® elements, at the LEGO House, Billund, to explore the infinite potential of creativity. Their imaginations will also be fired up in a series of workshops, where they’ll be challenged to rebuild the world they see around them.

“My whole career has been about working with brilliant, creative people and seeing where our imaginations take us. Rebuild The World, is a wonderful opportunity to help inspire the next generation of creators who will come up with their own ideas to shape the future of everything from the way we live to the music we listen to,” explains Mark Ronson.

The LEGO Group believes that every child is born with incredible creative problem-solving capabilities, but we need to act now to nurture that creativity so that it can become a lifelong skill, as the future depends on it.

Inspiring creativity is more critical and urgent than ever. The World Economic Forum Future of Jobs Report places creative problem solving in the top three skills the job market will require from 2020. Imaginative play helps children learn how to innovate, problem solve and think critically throughout their lives.

Mark Ronson will also be joined by representatives from other creative fields to discuss why it’s more important than ever to help nurture creativity as a key skill so that the builders of tomorrow can succeed in an ever-changing world.

Julia Goldin, Chief Marketing Officer, The LEGO Group, said: “Rebuild The World is all about seeing where imagination takes us and celebrating the natural creativity of children. We want to encourage kids around the world to develop and retain these skills as they grow older. With this campaign, we want to inspire people of all ages to play and unleash their creativity to create a world of infinite possibilities.”

Meanwhile, British designer and inventor Dominic Wilcox will lead a series of Rebuilder Workshops on the 17th September. He, along with two other creatives, will challenge kids to reimagine iconic landmarks, invent new gadgets and solve everyday problems – all with LEGO bricks. Other LEGO professionals will lend a hand, helping the kids bring their incredible ideas to life.

“Who knows what will come out of today… a house with a hot air balloon for a roof? A car with long legs to jump over the traffic ahead? No one sees the world quite like children so we’re excited to see what they come up with,” says Dominic Wilcox.

Kids around the world can also take part by sharing their creations on the LEGO Life app or by visiting www.lego.com/rebuild-the-world-challenge

The LEGO system has long been the ultimate platform for creative expression and creative problem solving. Children don’t just imagine what to build, they can build and rebuild. Experiment. Fail. Break the rules. Fail and Try again… This is the cycle of human creativity and the essence of the LEGO System in Play.

Now, we’re going even further. Through Rebuild The World, we want to inspire children to unleash their creativity, join the Rebuild The World challenge and rebuild a world of endless possibilities for real. Learn more by visiting www.lego.com/rebuild-the-world

Created by the LEGO Group’s internal agency with BETC Paris, the Rebuild the World campaign is the most ambitious global brand campaign ever. Directed by the multi award-winning Traktor collective, the adventure follows the chase between a clever rabbit and an unlucky hunter and unfolds in the kind of world that only LEGO play could create. Every character, animal and vehicle is based on an existing or past LEGO toy, so heads spin 360 degrees, everyday objects are outsized, and a boat can suddenly fly with a little help from a palm tree.

This press release, as well as all the media in this article were provided by the LEGO® Ambassador Network.
©2019 The LEGO Group.

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