NIDAnights: Pause || Play with Project Play
Venue: NIDA Melbourne | Suite 4 | 152 Sturt Street, Southbank, VIC 3006
Date/Time: 14 Jun 2018 - 14 Jun 2018
In Melbourne, we are always on the move. Crowned the most liveable city in the world seven times in a row, the city boasts a strong economy, smart infrastructure and a bustling social life. However, the rating glosses over our reality of never being able to pause. When we have no time to pause, we have no time to play.
Utilising concepts from improvisation games, theatre olympics, play science and Lego design, this workshop will show you how you can rethink and redesign what you do using the power of play.
The study of ‘play’ hasn’t been taken very seriously, ever, and yet it is the primary way that humans and animals learn to engage with their environment, their body, inanimate objects and other animals. It is how we learn to navigate and manipulate our physical environment and how we learn to relate to others. When we aim to create new things or find innovations in the work we do, we take a playful approach; remaining open, flexible and highly engaged with what we are doing.
About Project Play
Project Play fosters creativity, encourages innovative thinking and improves employee engagement by cultivating a new culture of business with strategic play. By utilising research in the field of play from neurophysiology and psychology, to animal play behaviour and evolutionary biology, Project Play's immersion programs are an environment for brains to play, which is a powerful tool for professionals to develop their creative capacities.
"Play is an ancient, voluntary, inherently pleasurable, apparently purposeless activity or process that is undertaken for its own sake and that strengthens our muscles and our social skills, fertilizes brain activity, tempers and deepens our emotions, takes us out of time, and enables a state of balance and poise."
- Dr. Stuart Brown, National Institute for Play