We help organizations like yours build thriving creative cultures so you can improve productivity.

Improve productivity with LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®, Applied Improv, and graphic facilitation trainings and workshops with Creative Sandbox Solutions™

We help organizations like yours build thriving creative cultures so you can retain great talent.

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And we do it through the power of play.

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People: Team Building • Communication Workshops • Presentation Skills Training | SF Bay Area

People
build a more engaged team

Products & Processes : Innovation Workshops • Ideation Sessions

Products & Processes
out-imagine the competition

Plans: Playing with Strategy Workshops to Help Your Organization Prepare for the Unexpected

Plans
prepare for the unexpected

Because play isn’t the opposite of work. When it’s used strategically, play is how we make work more effective.

"...a fantastic facilitator whose vision, artistry, and superb communication created a meaningful and memorable team building experience..."
“Melissa is a fantastic facilitator whose vision, artistry, and superb communication created a meaningful and memorable team building experience for our organization. Through explorative play, we shared our visions and goals and really took the time to understand and hear each other under Melissa’s guidance and direction. I highly recommend Melissa for fun and memorable vision planning and team building exercises.”
David Rosen, Principal Scientist, Immunology and ImmunoOncology at Merck Research Labs
"I would absolutely recommend Melissa and Creative Sandbox Solutions for any team that could benefit from better communication, increased respect for one another, and renewed determination to work together towards a common goal."“Thank you for an AWESOME visioning retreat. All of us had a terrific experience. I especially appreciated all the prep work you did to learn about members of our team, which helped us feel comfortable to be more vulnerable. Your were both patient and steadfast about keeping us on schedule, and your intelligence and warmth coaxed us to dig deep and tap into our creativity to discover and express ourselves in a meaningful way. I would absolutely recommend Creative Sandbox Solutions for any team that could benefit from better communication, increased respect for one another, and renewed determination to work together towards a common goal.”
 
Cindy Rogoway, Executive Director, Hebrew Free Loan
"I can't say enough good things about how she shifted our thinking and our relationships."“If you’re looking for a team-building facilitator, look no further than Melissa Dinwiddie. I’ve done a lot of team-building activities at annual Board retreats, what stood out about Melissa’s facilitation is her use of LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®. Not only did everyone have a lot of fun, but we actually talked about important ideas at the same time. The LEGO had a way of getting our more shy members to open up. Everyone reflected on their role on the Board and as part of our organization in a new way. We’ve already used Melissa to help another internal group kick off its work and I’ve recommended Melissa to my husband for his organization. I can’t say enough good things about how she shifted our thinking and our relationships.”
Ellen Bob, Executive Director, Congregation Etz Chayim

“Everyone was highly engaged during the LEGO® Serious Play® team building session, which went swimmingly. I had multiple veteran Board members remark that the pacing of this Retreat went really well. You deserve all due credit for your guidance on setting the agenda. Thank you again for your help making the retreat such a success! I will recommend your services without hesitation!”

– Evan Goer, Board President

“I’ve researched LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® for a year and have been really interested in it. It turned out to be so much more than I’d imagined. I’ve sat in so many board meetings, team gatherings, orientations that were unproductive. The LSP process changes everything; everyone is included, the quiet come forward, everyone’s ideas matter. Melissa, you are a peaceful and energetic leader at the same time, and it was a gift to just be in your presence.”

-Clarice Moore, Resident Service Coordinator, Raven Landing Senior Community, Fairbanks, AK

"I wholeheartedly recommend LEGO® Serious Play® with Creative Sandbox Solutions™."“How do you get to the core of who you are and the relationships you have? These things are hard to define in words and, for that reason, I wholeheartedly recommend LEGO® Serious Play® with Creative Sandbox Solutions™. Through fun and interactive exercises, we were able to create LEGO-based symbols of our values and our relationships. Looking at what I put together, I couldn’t help but feel greater clarity about myself and the important people in my life.”

Dr. Raghuvir Sengupta, Biochemist at HP Labs

"Building my story with LEGO allowed me to explore my roles in new ways. I left the workshop with a better understanding of myself as a member of a team, my teammates, and my professional goals within my organization."“Thank you again for a fantastic day! Building my story with LEGO allowed me to explore my roles in new ways. I left the workshop with a better understanding of myself as a member of a team, my teammates, and my professional goals within my organization. It’s now four months later, and I still look back at the photos I took of what I built for inspiration.”

Annelies Ransome, Associate Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, Stanford University

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