The Play Ethic: forging a "good society" through the power and potential of play

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Presentation by Pat Kane to the Global Gathering on Early Childhood, Aviva Stadium, Dublin, 17 October 2013. For more contact Pat at http://www.theplayethic.com

The Play Ethic: forging a "good society" through the power and potential of play

  1. 1. The Play Ethic forging a "good society" via the power and potential of play Pat Kane musician, writer, consultant www.theplayethic.com Thursday, 17 October 13
  2. 2. Play As A Public and Adult Value Creativity, Economy & the Good Society Play: The Foundation of Creativity Building “Grounds of Play” in Education, Public Space, Organisations, Policy Playing in a Cold Climate Thursday, 17 October 13
  3. 3. PLAY AS A PUBLIC AND ADULT VALUE Thursday, 17 October 13
  4. 4. PLAY AND RETAIL Thursday, 17 October 13 PLAY AS A PUBLIC & ADULT VALUE
  5. 5. PLAY AND RECREATION, SELF-HELP Thursday, 17 October 13 PLAY AS A PUBLIC & ADULT VALUE
  6. 6. PLAY & GAMBLING, PLAY & ARTS Thursday, 17 October 13 PLAY AS A PUBLIC & ADULT VALUE
  7. 7. ■ Best-selling actionadventure video game in 24 hours ■ Best-selling video game in 24 hours ■ Fastest entertainment property to gross $1 billion ■ Fastest video game to gross $1 billion ■ Highest-grossing video game in 24 hours ■ Highest revenue generated by an entertainment product in 24 hours ■ Most viewed trailer for an action-adventure video game PLAY & COMPUTER GAMES Thursday, 17 October 13 PLAY AS A PUBLIC & ADULT VALUE
  8. 8. CREATIVITY, ECONOMY & THE GOOD SOCIETY Thursday, 17 October 13
  9. 9. TWO QUESTIONS HERE: - HOW BIG IS THE “CREATIVE ECONOMY”? - HOW IMPORTANT IS CREATIVITY TO AN ECONOMY? Thursday, 17 October 13
  10. 10. HOW BIG IS THE “CREATIVE ECONOMY”? NESTA report, April 2013 In the UK: It provides jobs for 2.5 million people – more than in financial services, advanced manufacturing or construction This creative workforce grew four times faster than the workforce as a whole in the six years to 2010 And proved more resilient when the wider labour market dipped violently in 2009. Thursday, 17 October 13 “comprising creative industries in sectors ranging from the Performing and Visual Arts to Advertising and Software, as well as creative professionals working elsewhere in the economy”
  11. 11. HOW IMPORTANT IS CREATIVITY TO AN ECONOMY? Tyler Cowen, Average is Over (2013) “If you and your skills are a complement to the computer, your wage and labor market prospects are likely to be cheery. If your skills do not complement the computer, you may want to address that mismatch. Ever more people are starting to fall on one side of the divide or the other. That's why average is over.” Thursday, 17 October 13
  12. 12. HOW IMPORTANT IS CREATIVITY TO AN ECONOMY? HUMAN CREATIVITY COMPLEMENTS THE COMPUTER - WHY SOMETHING SHOULD BE DONE - HOW IT WILL MAKE US FEEL - WHO IT WILL BENEFIT/ DAMAGE AND WHAT IS THE FOUNDATION OF CREATIVITY...? Thursday, 17 October 13
  13. 13. PLAY: THE FOUNDATION OF CREATIVITY Thursday, 17 October 13
  14. 14. PLAY: THE FOUNDATION OF CREATIVITY Golden age of play/game scholarship Thursday, 17 October 13
  15. 15. Takeaways in terms of play/creativity/ economy/society... Play is not just an indicator of wellbeing but well-becoming. How deeply rooted in human nature is the joy of curiosity? “Playful play” is light-hearted, freely chosen, exploratory, messy, open to others Creativity draws from playful play - but innovation is different - that’s about applying options, not generating them We have a public need to establish the enabling conditions of play and creativity Thursday, 17 October 13
  16. 16. BUILDING “GROUNDS OF PLAY” IN EDUCATION, PUBLIC SPACE, ORGANIZATIONS, POLICY Thursday, 17 October 13
  17. 17. Maintaining and increasing investment in early years education vital to sustaining “grounds of play” Pasi Sahlberg, Finnish Lessons - longer kindergarten/play learning, and then more selfdirected learning in formal school, one of bases of world-beating OECD educational scores (wellpaid & superqualified teachers the other!) Thursday, 17 October 13
  18. 18. Aldo van Eyck’s post-war Amsterdam playgrounds Plan for play - Resist the mall! - When procuring/planning public spaces/amenities, think of the vital need for open, well-furnished space - Not just for child’s play, but to provide autonomy and headspace for adults too. - Think “real utopia” of policies: shorter working week, full childcare, citizen’s income (Robert Skidelsky, NEF, B.I.) Thursday, 17 October 13
  19. 19. Stay festive! - A way for adults to stay playful & creative is to keep thinking about the future of what they’re doing, and then discuss that with others, at events and through networks - Forecasting and futurology as the grown-up version of “let’s pretend”... Thursday, 17 October 13
  20. 20. PLAYING IN A COLD CLIMATE Thursday, 17 October 13
  21. 21. Roy Foster, “Macmansions, Cellars and Garrets: surveying the new Ireland”, Open Democracy, 6 August 2013 “The answers are not coming from the politicians, or from any other sector of the shell-shocked Irish establishment. It seems likely that the questions will be raised, and responses floated, from elsewhere, from what Yeats called 'the cellars and garrets', where artists and social radicals mingle on the margins of respectable life. Whether the evident anger that fuels them will be transmuted into the mainstream of Irish life, or find its own outlet, remains to be seen.” Thursday, 17 October 13
  22. 22. THANK YOU! Pat Kane musician, writer, consultant www.theplayethic.com Thursday, 17 October 13

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