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Unleash Your Play Brain

  1. 1. Unleash Your Play Brain Play your way towards a happier adulthood with Portia Tung
  2. 2. @portiatung Play Coach – Storyteller – Wishmaker Founder of The School of Play @tsoplay
  3. 3. Play for Life As a play seeker/play skeptic* I need ideas on how to play more So that we can all live happily ever after. Success Criteria [ ] I have a working knowledge of play [ ] I can explain the importance of play [ ] I have one or more ideas to play more [ ] I’ve had fun! * You choose
  4. 4. Welcome to the Play Assessment…
  5. 5. “Play or Nay!”
  6. 6. Play or Nay?
  7. 7. Play or Nay?
  8. 8. Play or Nay?
  9. 9. Play or Nay?
  10. 10. Play or Nay?
  11. 11. Play or Nay?
  12. 12. Computer says… Play on!
  13. 13. Part 1: Play
  14. 14. Part 1: Play Part 2: Brain
  15. 15. Part 1: Play Part 2: Brain Part 3: Future
  16. 16. Part 1: Play
  17. 17. Most common questions asked Why should I play? Do I have permission to play?
  18. 18. Seemingly purposeless Voluntary Inherent attraction Time flies by Reduces sense of self-consciousness Potential for improvisation Desire to keep going Stuart Brown M.D., Founder of the National Institute of Play Play is…
  19. 19. Why play? Shapes an organism’s brain Makes animals smarter and more adaptable Enables us to sustain social relationships Fuels creativity and innovation
  20. 20. When was the last time you played? The XP Game - Boston, Summer 2010 www.xpgame.be by Pascal Van Cauwenberghe and Vera Peeters When was the last time you played ……at work?
  21. 21. Play Seeker or Play Skeptic? low high lowhighKNOWHOW DESIRE [3] Can play Won’t play [1] Can play Want to play [4] Can’t play Won’t play [2] Can’t play Want to play Play Seeker Play Skeptic Quadrant by Portia Tung
  22. 22. What’s the opposite of play?
  23. 23. The Opposite of Play Play Creativity & Innovation Invention Growth Work Purpose Competence Play as described in “Play“ by Stuart Brown, M.D, with Christopher Vaughan © 2010 Penguin Books Ltd [3] Can play Won’t play [1] Can play Want to play [4] Can’t play Won’t play [2] Can’t play Want to play Depression
  24. 24. Doodle Time!
  25. 25. Why should adults play? Breaks down barriers between people Opens the mind to enable learning Opens the heart to create a connection Source of joy Source of hope
  26. 26. 5 – 10 mins of play per day 1 day of play lasts up to a week Little and often Your Recommended Daily Amount of Play
  27. 27. Part 2: Brain
  28. 28. The Psychological Mind “The Chimp Paradox” by Prof Steve Peters www.chimpmanagement.com
  29. 29. Tell us about your favourite childhood toy
  30. 30. Play with Your Chimp
  31. 31. Outdated View of Human Intelligence 1825
  32. 32. Meta-Intelligence of Human Intelligence P l a y I n t e l l i g e n c e
  33. 33. Lifelong Learning Understanding The Play Process Model by Scott Eberle, VP for interpretation at the Strong Museum of Play in New York Anticipation “The Curiosity Carousel” by Portia Tung www.theschoolofplay.org Surprise Pleasure Mastery Poise
  34. 34. Part 3: Future
  35. 35. Your Play Future Suppose tonight, while you slept, a miracle occurred. When you awake tomorrow, what would be some of the things you would notice that would tell you that your life had suddenly become more playful? Adaption of the Miracle Question by Steve de Shazer & Insoo Kim Berg, Developers of Solution Focused Therapy
  36. 36. Play for Your Life • Opposite of Play == Depression • RDA Play 10-15 minutes a day • Play with your chimp • Play more at home and at work • Develop your play intelligence little and often • All play!
  37. 37. Play Treasure Trove Ted talks: Play is more than just fun by Dr Stuart Brown How Schools Kill Creativity by Ken Robinson Enterprise Gardening by Portia Tung More videos: http://www.playwales.org.uk/eng/rightoplay The Power of Play: Making Good Teams Great by Portia Tung The School of Play www.theschoolofplay.org @tsoplay
  38. 38. Play for Life As a play seeker/play skeptic* I need ideas on how to play more So that we can all live happily ever after. Success Criteria [ ] I have a working knowledge of play [ ] I can explain the importance of play [ ] I have one or more ideas to play more [ ] I’ve had fun! * You choose
  39. 39. Thanks for playing! Play Coach, Storyteller & Founder of The School of Play Blog: www.selfishprogramming.org | Twitter: @portiatung Project: www.theschoolofplay.org | @tsoplay

Editor's Notes

  • Welcome. Before we get started, it’s really important to warm up for play to avoid play-related injuries.

    Introduce yourself to at least one person sitting near you whom you haven’t spoken to yet.

    [Head Shoulders Knees and Toes]
    Today, we’re going to think about:
    the definition of play
    why it’s important to our overall well-being as adults
    how we can adopt a more playful mindset

    Through the medium of play and play science.
  • Without a goal, it’s hard to score. Here is the goal and success criteria for today’s session. I’m counting on you all to help us reach the goal!
  • Let’s begin with a Play Assessment to baseline our ideas of play. Did Malcolm and Jon not warn you about this?
  • EX: PLAY OR NAY

    Play can mean different things to different people, so let’s play a game to find out what we mean by play as a group today. You will be shown a sequence of images and your goal is to spot which one is play and which one isn’t. There are two simple rules. When you see an image that you associate with play, shout “Play!”. When you see an image and you don’t consider it play, shout “Nay!”. Ready, steady, go!
  • Good news. You pass! We can continue with the talk.
  • Being a play researcher, what do you think are the two most common questions people ask me?
    1: Why should we play?
    2: Is it OK to play?
  • How would you define play?

    Dr Stuart Brown defines Play as seemingly purposeless. He defines play as a set of characteristics. Play is... seemingly purposeless, voluntary, inherently attractive, time flies by when you’re having fun. When you play, you become so engrossed you feel freed from your usual inhibitions. Play offers plenty of opportunities to improvise and, once you get started, it’s hard to stop.

    Think about your memory again. In the memory, how many people played in some way according to Dr Brown’s definition?

  • What’s the purpose of play?

    According to the latest research by neuroscientists, biologists, psychologists, social scientists and many others, play serves 4 key purposes:

    It shapes an organism’s brain
    It makes animals smarter and more adaptable
    It enables us to sustain social relationships
    It fuels creativity and innovation.

    In an experiment involving rats, one group of rats was allowed to play and another was prevented from playing. What happens when a cat shows up? Both groups scurry into a hole for safety. What happens next? The group that played, over time, emerges from the hole, slowly and cautiously.

    As for the group that hadn’t played, they never set foot out of the hole. Ever again.
  • Let’s do a quick survey.

    If you played in the last month at work, stand up.
    If you played in the last week at work, stay standing.
    If you played at work just before coming to this event, stay standing.

    Now that we’ve baselined your frequency of play at work…
  • Now’s it time to identify your Play Preference. My research shows there are 4 types of people when it comes to play.

    Type 1: Can play, want to play
    Type 2: Can’t play, want to play
    Type 3: Can play, won’t play
    Type 4: Can’t play, won’t play

    Remember, you are among friends. All stand up.

    If you classify yourself as a Type 1, sit down.
    Type 2s, sit down.

    This session focuses primarily on Type 1s and 2s:
    To give Type 1s the data they need to convince Type 3s to play
    To give Type 2s ideas on how to get started.

    As for Type 3s and Type 4s, it’s a party and everyone’s invited. [Pass out sweets] It’s up to you to participate as much or as little as you like.

    It\’s important to note that a person can be a range of types in different contexts. A person’s type is not fixed.
  • Imagine a life where there are no movies, no music, no jokes, no risk-taking, no games, no stories, no fantasy.
  • Why should adults play? For all the same reasons children do:

    Breaks down barriers between people
    Opens the mind to enable learning (again)
    Opens the heart to create a connection
    Source of joy
    Source of hope
    De-stresses parts of the mind and body that beer cannot reach

    When you’re playing, you’re 100% engrossed, so there’s no time to be angry, sad, judgmental or resentful. Play drives you forward and the shared passion for play during play is what creates a shared experience.
  • As with most good things, you don’t need a lot of play to feel an immediate benefit.

    In my experience, the feel-good factor from 5 - 10 minutes of play per day is enough to keep you going for an entire day. Based on my preliminary research, the benefits of one day of play can last up to a week.

    One prospective study done at Albert Einstein and Syracuse universities shows that people who had the most cognitive activity (doing puzzles, reading, engaging in mentally challenging work) were 63% less likely to get Alzheimer’s than that of the general population.

    Playmakers say: “Play once a day to keep the doctor and priest away!”
  • Playing begins shortly after we’re born. Cast your minds back to your childhood. When did you start playing?

    Think back to your first or favourite childhood toy. What did it feel like to play with the toy? What did you enjoy most about playing with that toy?

    Time to play some more! Introduce yourself to different neighbour and tell them about your first childhood toy.

    [Option: Draw a picture of that toy before speaking to your neighbour]
  • Think of a recent example when you lost your cool or felt stressed
  • What is play intelligence?
    How do you develop it?
    How do you measure it?

    If thought then intelligence
    If motor activity then play
    But Play = Activity + Thought

    Play is intelligence and essential to the development of our brain, our mind, our general well-being and health.

    Bob Hughes’ Taxonomy of Play Types:
    Symbolic Play
    Communication Play
    Role Play
    Rough and Tumble Play
  • Let’s step through the process of play. The process is very similar to the learning cycle. That’s why experiential learning, learning by doing, is so effective. Very often, people will continue to gain new insights long after the session has finished. That’s the power of learning games.
  • Portia to present

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