I’ve been on the road (in the air) for about 4 weeks now and will soon be heading back home. Most of the time I’ve been working with Viv McWaters in a variety of cities and she’s had some good reflections on our experience: much of what we did was improvised and seriously playful. Again and again I saw how much there is to learn from apparently simple superficially trivial games.
I think it’s Stuart Brown who said the opposite of play is not work, but depression. So often we confuse the merely solemn with the truly serious, dismiss playful open processes in favour of rigid rituals and fail to notice how this diminishes our creativity and true productivity.
This trip has given me lots of opportunities to opt for playful learning and I’m glad to have seized a lot of them.