Carrie Lobman writes at ImprovisationalLearning.org about a recent Revolutionary Conversation she led, entitled: The Play Revolution: Practice, Research and Policy, which investigated what’s new and emerging in the field of play (see: John Bohannon who invites academics to replace Powerpoints with dance; Caine Monroy, a 9-year-old, whose cardboard arcade is inspiring children everywhere to make things, and Playing for Change, creating street music in communities across the world.)
Play puts us in touch with our ability to create. When we play, we can break from the seeming scriptedness of adult life, and perform in ways that are less alienated. We practiced this by choosing activities that we normally just “do,” and we played with them. We explored the relationship between these small moments of play and the need for our species to tap into our ability to be playful with the most challenging of differences.
In the last week, we created a game called The State of Play. It was a double whammy…At some point, we each landed on a square that directed us to pick a card. The cards gave directions for continuing the play once we left the room. For example, my card said, “to ask a stranger to create a poem for you.” One of the participants pointed out that if we kept creating the game wherever we went, eventually play would take over the world.