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TED Video: Serious Play

Tue, 04/28/2009 - 09:17 -- rprice

If we're "Creatives", one of the things that helps define us as such is that we have not lost our ability to engage in play. This video has more on the subject:

Stuart Brown: Why play is vital -- no matter your age

Stuart Brown's research shows play is not just joyful and energizing -- it's deeply involved with human development and intelligence. Through the National Institute for Play, he's working to better understand its significance.

Dr. Stuart Brown came to research play through research on murderers -- unlikely as that seems -- after he found a stunning common thread in killers' stories: lack of play in childhood. Since then, he's interviewed thousands of people to catalog their relationships with play, noting a strong correlation between success and playful activity.

One thing you see and hear often is about the "creative types" who work at ad agencies is that they know how to have fun at work. Take MindComet, for example - the building is built with all these crooked lines and rounded corners, to encourage the fun and playful culture they have cultivated - they even have Tequila Fridays, Cakeplow parties, and dress-up days.

Not all creatives work in ad agencies, but when you put them all in one room like that, they can often come up with some great and innovative stuff. Take this video, for example:

Lip Dub - Flagpole Sitta by Harvey Danger from amandalynferri on Vimeo.

'nuff said.

Have you incorporated play in your work and home life? I want some of those "wearable meetings".

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