FROM LEAN TO PLAY

FROM LEAN TO PLAY

Welcome to Play My Day!

Play should be easy, but it is actually quite difficult. I have a passion for the playful approach. I love the moments where time seems to disappear and magic occurs. However, what often happens is that my head starts processing, planning and trying to “figure it all out in advance.”

 

For 20 years, we have worked with play at Koncept Kompagniet, that is what you might call solid experience!

Nevertheless, experience is not always a competence. It takes courage and a great deal of patience to launch something as contradictory as “serious play”.

I’ve been like a horse before a big race. I would like to just start right away and to go full gallop all the way. This describes how I usually do it. Just jump right into it, and then try to figure it all out along the way.

There has been some resistance, but surprisingly mostly from myself.

Suddenly, play seemed a bit too easy and weightless, especially when I had to explain the project to others. My passion and the story about making everyone – both adults and kids – play some more, is something that is easy to grasp – but how should we proceed?

Suddenly, play was something much more complicated … In the evenings, I found myself reading scientific journals about neuroscience and gamification, intrinsic and extrinsic motivation – and all I really ever wanted was to play.

 

I still want to play, and I’m looking forward to inspiring you to play more at work or at home. We don’t all play in the same way – or do we? In the past, it was a bonus to send the kids out to play – but now their main priority is to reach another level. The question is, whether I’m any better than them? Most times, I have to send an email first, look at updates on social media, take care of the laundry … so the list continues …

Serious play research shows that play at work fosters many advantages, but do we really want to have yet another strategy stuffed down our throats? Play has become so serious that universities are now hiring play researchers. In this regard, play researcher Anne Charlotte Thorsted from Aalborg University states my favourite quote:

 

»Play is a bit like falling in love. It’s not something you just decide by saying: “Now I’m in love.”. It requires effort, and that you put something at stake. But when you make the effort, you get it a thousand times back.«

 

To me, play is a lot simpler. It can be an activity or just an approach. Play is something I can do, when I need a laugh or a break. When I play, I can dream and make fun. I get lots of energy … and the best thing is, that I can do it together with others.

We have a vision stating that we want to achieve world supremacy through play. I admit it might be a mouthful, but it makes sense …

DOES THIS SUPERMAN’S CAPE MAKE MY ASS LOOK BIG?

DOES THIS SUPERMAN’S CAPE MAKE MY ASS LOOK BIG?

Who knows? The opportunity of me putting on a Superman’s cape in the public sphere, would trigger words like embarrassing, too much, too old, and not least, why?

Nevertheless, the idea is quite pleasing to imagine what I can get away with as Superman – or perhaps more likely as Wonder Woman …

 

Wonder Woman is the ultimate heroine – she is a warrior with both “beauty and brains”. She has super speed, super strength and the ability to fly. Here ultimate weapon is the golden lasso the attention gets everyone she captures two tell the truth (hmmm … there’s some potential). She possesses great wisdom and insight into the feelings of others and she’s immune two others’ mind control.

She is torn between a mission right right to promote world peace and a fight all evil from the world, and she even looks good while doing it. DC Comics heroine has the whole package, and she can rule out Barbie a single “sidekick”.

 

In my somewhat curly brain, this means I can overpower 3 loads of laundry, whilst seeing myself fly around the world.

If I had her super strength, I could clean the whole house in a second (one hour would also be fine). If I had her bracelets, I could withstand any attack thus making bank-meetings and excel sheets seem interesting.

 

Wonder Woman definitely has ‘the whole package’ and she truly makes my world more playful. I love to wander the streets with a nifty smile, whilst picturing myself wearing spandex and a tiara.

In reality interest, I am not so brave – but maybe that will change?

Send me a smile and maybe even a high-five, if you see me with my golden lasso!

BE. HERE. NOW.

BE. HERE. NOW.

Quick fixes? Love them! 7 great habits, 12 minutes to succeed (meditation), 6 a day, 10 years younger in 10 weeks… I could go on, and I jump in every time!

I buy books and read blogs. Buy Superfoods, that boost the brain and incense sticks that can purify both body and soul. Indeed all of it seems to work – when you remember to use it.

 

My favorite “10 you can not do without” may not be a quick fix – but it has been stuck on my mind.

Futurist Anne Skare Nielsen has written about 10 skills, children of the future cannot do without:

1. Accomplishment

Consisting of technique + method + perseverance. Technology takes 2-5 minutes to learn, method takes months or years, and persistence is to “Never quit on a bad day.” Being able to work disciplined and to ignore enjoyment needs in the moment, in order to achieve long-term happiness. To acquire as many techniques as possible, for they are the keys to the locks of the world.

2. Dedicated communities.

To be liked as you are and being able to create and engage in long, healthy, conflicted relationships. To be able to immerse themselves, and thus learn about purpose in life and to rest assure in the belief that at least one adult loves them. A true welfare-state does not cut the bond between the oldest and the youngest generation. And it tells its children, that the important things in life are not grades, solid work and filthy lucre, but to make an effort and ask oneself: “Why was I born? What is it I can do, that no one else can, and how can I use it to create something, that is good for the world? “.

3. Learn, unlearn, relearn.

Life is long, and our kids are going to reinvent themselves 3-4-5-6-7 times during their working life. Ask therefore never “And what should you be when you grow up?”. Ask instead “What would you like to be good at, and with whom would you like to be together with?”. Future illiterates are not the ones who cannot read and write – it is those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.

Read the entire article, with the 7 other skills here: http://www.denoffentlige.dk/fremtidsforsker-10-egenskaber-fremtidens-boern-ikke-kan-undvaere

 

Anne Skare Nielsen writes that our kids are going to be more than 100 years old – and what about ourselves? According to the latest figures from the Danish statistical bureau, women live until they’re 82.7 years old, and men until 78.5 years. I guess that this also means that we need to be skilled, could be part of communities and learn – unlearn – relearn etc.?

There are lots of things we have to do, or do we?

Be. Here. Now.

Yet another quick fix? – Maybe. But then what about 10 good reasons for playing more?

Or maybe just one. Because it is fun!

 

It is true that play can make you forget time and place. That it can trigger endorphins. That it strengthens communities and makes it easier to learn.

But the coolest thing about play is that you’re allowed to act silly and be really bad at it.

Not because being bad necessarily is a good thing, but when you play, it’s acceptable to try again and again, and it doesn’t even hurt. It’s true that people might laugh at you, and that you lose the balance for a short while. However, a minute later you can be in total triumph, because you hit the mark or are at least close to it … and then the next minute …

Kapow! Flow. Happiness. Passion. Laughter.

Play may never end up on the list of things, that changed the future – as skill #11 – or will it?


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