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3 Great Talks On Play

So you may have kinda guessed we’re into Play & Games. Something in the programming of a multitude of games sessions & sharing playfulness quotes perhaps. Championing the importance of playfulness as an adult is at the beating of heart of everything we do here, and these brilliant talks exploring Play are ones we’ve found along the way that particularly resonate. So sit back and put your playful peepers on these.

1.

Bernie DeKoven: The Politics of Public Playfulness

Playful pioneer Bernie De Koven, author of the Well-Played Game and A Playful Path, describes and illustrates the power of adult playfulness, engaging the audience in several of his more playful games, and demonstrating how joyfully adults welcome the opportunity to expose their playful selves. Thoughful & lol.

 

2. Stuart Brown: Play Is More Than Just Fun

A pioneer in research on play, Dr. Stuart Brown says humour, games, roughhousing, flirtation and fantasy are more than just fun. Plenty of play in childhood makes for happy, smart adults — and keeping it up can make us smarter at any age.

 

3. Isabel Behncke Izquierdo: Evolution’s Gift of Play

Primatologist Isabel Behncke Izquierdo (a TED Fellow) shows how bonobo ape society learns from constantly playing. Indeed, play appears to be the bonobos’ key to problem-solving and avoiding conflict. If it works for our close cousins, why not for us?