Courageous playing

There are days that we have to be reminded that our world is not all about hitting targets, paying bills and achieving the next step in life. A Dutch correspondent wrote on a critical news platform (In Dutch: De Correspondent) today that we are losing the art of playing. Why do we not play, learn from playing and go on adventure anymore? Because we are all trained to become workers.

nina 96_lido di dante SwingAs a child I went to a Montessori primary school, learning while exploring, loved it! Now I want to become a Lego serious play facilitator, going back to the bricks we have always known and play to move forward. Play to discover and most importantly articulate ourselves. Exploring with our hands and learning from copying is extremely important. We do not find life experience in writing 12.000 words, as I am doing currently, the experience is finding joy in the task, discipline but without losing the love for finding interesting insights. I want to keep on going with this game of exploration.

As part of this I want to point out a documentary: The Eagle Huntress, about a courageous girl in Mongolia who wants to become an Eagle Hunter, a job that was only for men. But her whole life she played with her dad, the eagle hunter, and learned all the details of this art. For her becoming the huntress was not about proving the men wrong, it was about playing the game she always wished to play. Absolutely worth watching! And it even has amazing shots of the landscapes and the gorgeous animals.

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KesselsKramer is always a good reminder of design that is not serious. I refreshed my memory with his talk at the Design Indaba in Cape Town, South Africa from March 2016. A few lessons learned: make a fool of yourself, use what is there instead of making things up, don’t take it all to seriously and reframe situations. This pictures is just an example of the things he has made. 

The emotion he provokes the most is a laugh, out loud, or a face of disgust. Visible emotions are longer lasting memories than an ‘aha’. The world of today shows that we want an experience instead of a message, KesselsKramer does not give you an experience but an emotion, isn’t that the core of an experience?