When Did You Last Make Time For Play?

"The opposite of play isn't work, it's depression." Brian Sutton-Smith.

I'm blessed to be part of an event planning team that plays well together. We play well together because we share a common vision, and we have a huge amount of trust in the group. Since we play well together, in the midst of inside jokes, frisbee breaks, good meals, and and adult beverage or two, we determine the event theme, outline the event schedule, design the event logo, and develop a preliminary list of speaker and musicians. We do all this in two days in approximately 16 hours of meeting time. And it's the only time we're all in the same room together. It's because we play so very well together that we can create so much good stuff together.

When was the last time you played at work? If your work environment incorporates elements of play, the benefits to creativity are enormous.

I offer two (of many sources) for your consideration.

First, see the video below from Tim Brown, CEO of Ideo at TED Talks. Give yourself 28 minutes. Well worth it. Each time he mentions "designer", just substitute the name of your work place.

Second, visit Presentation Zen for an on overview of this video, and some other insights into creativity.

"If you want to be creative, stay in part a child, with the creativity and invention that characterizes children before they are deformed by adult society." Jean Piaget

How can you introduce play into your work? What can you do to "stay in part a child?"