Playmaking is the act of transforming work through play. It’s play with a purpose, what I call “Deliberate Play”. It’s a simple idea that requires a desire for fun, great courage and respect for people.
Why is Playmaking important?
We have an emergency on our hands. Many of us suffer from a “play deficit”. Just as a vitamin C deficiency can have a wide-reaching impact on our overall well-being, so can a deficiency in play. The latest research by neuroscientists, biologists, psychologists, social scientists and many others show that Play isn’t only essential for human development, but crucial to our survival.
According to Dr Stuart Brown, author of “Play”, Play leads to creativity and innovation which, in turn, leads to invention and growth. Likewise, Work can lead to creativity and innovation. In addition, Work gives us a sense of purpose and helps us develop competence.
Surprise! Work isn’t the opposite of Play
So if Work isn’t the opposite of Play, what is? There is a growing consensus that the opposite Play is Depression. Now there’s a scary thought. But don’t worry, Sleeping Beauty. Treat this as an alarm call and start creating more opportunities to play at work today.
Practice Play little and often
Be wise in how you invest your time and remember: Take your Recommended Daily Amount of Play. Play once a day to keep the doctor and priest away!