100 Days of Play – Blog
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?’read more
There were a few days during my challenge where I felt like I’d had enough. Various people had suggested to me that play can’t be scheduled and that it has to be spontaneous. I didn’t think that’s so, and I still don’t: it’s clear to me that we can deliberately make time for play if we want to.read more
A question I get asked fairly is often is – fun aside – what can you really do with play? They’re a variation on a theme, said in a way that implies it’s good and all “…but where do you go with play?” They’re asking: Play seems great. We love it. It’s fun. But it’s not really got any actual punch to it, does it?read more
At CounterPlay 2017 I had the honour of hosting a workshop with the conference’s participants in which we explored the impact that adding elements of Play would have on worklike tasks.
It was a bit different undertaking such explorations with already onboard ‘Play People’. In one activity I asked the participants to determine how we might use the last ten minutes of the session. I broke them into small groups and allocated them roles. A third simply had to discuss what they would like to do; another third had to wait a couple of minutes then start making outrageous suggestions, and the remainder took the ‘one minute left!’ warning as their cue to bring their group back to sensible ideas. They didn’t know each others’ tasks.read more
With CounterPlay, the Danes are providing a blueprint for the Playful Society. The annual conference / festival of play takes place in Aarhus (pron: ore-huss), 2017 European Capital of Culture. It brings together play practitioners, academics, followers and thinkers to explore every aspect of play, in all parts of our lives.read more
The most admired quality in ‘play people’ seems to be when they have a game for any occasion. I think everyone has this in them, however, and you rarely need anything special to hand to play. Here are five of my favourite activities to play with no extra equipment required.read more