100 Days of Play – Blog

What’s Play got to do with me?

What’s Play got to do with me?

I hear a lot that play is for other people. Of course, the most common refrain is that play is for children, not the adults who expound this maxim. But I also get it about lots of other groups. “It’s what parents do,” I hear from childless worker bees. “I imagine single people have time to play,” I hear from stressed parents.

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How Did Play Become Invisible?

How Did Play Become Invisible?

I find the way that people don't generally think of activities as 'Play' quite strange. People are very happy to say that they are 'at work', but they'll rarely describe themselves as 'playing' - except as a description of messing about or trying something new. But...

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What if the Future is All Play?

What if the Future is All Play?

For generations people have asked when the propensity for technology to reduce the effort required to deliver the basics of food, water, shelter will be met with a reduction in the length of the working week. We have not yet achieved a three-day week. In certain categories of jobs people are working longer than ever. But the fact is that on the whole we are working significantly less than has historically been the case. Weekends spent outside work are now the norm, where once two full days off was the exception.

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Is Advocating Play at Work Propaganda for Oppression? [Guest Post]

Is Advocating Play at Work Propaganda for Oppression? [Guest Post]

Today I read the article ‘Work Isn’t the Opposite of Play’ by Ben Ross, and though I agreed with the premise, reasoning, and conclusion, I did take exception to the sentence “Further, I’d argue that to be really good at work you have to play at it.” My inference from this, rightly or wrongly, was of an embedded assumption for the necessity of work and the need to be “really good” at working through the utilisation of play. I was left with the question, has this blog post become effective propaganda for a prevailing paradigm of oppression? You may well consider that a quick escalation given Ben’s convivial writing; still, let me see if I can make my case in point by way of this invitation from The Flying Raccoon.

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Work Isn’t the Opposite of Play

Work Isn’t the Opposite of Play

One of the fun things about working in Play is that you get to tell people ‘I work in Play’. Reactions vary wildly. It’s good to see, though, that many believe that the ‘defence of play’ has already been won. When I say to these people ‘Play Isn’t the Opposite of Work’, they’ll say ‘Of course not. Does anyone still believe it is?’

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