He set the stage well for the importance of play in the workplace. During that 1.5 day conference, I got to learn negotiating skills in a dulcimer jam session and leadership through Argentine tango! Not only was it really fun and playful but I learned real, applicable skills—ones that I’ve used on a regular basis since then.
Why the chairs? Well, last week, thanks to the universe, the university and Chris, I had the pleasure of yet another workshop at COCA. It was reminder of some things that Kevin said in his talk—how play facilitates teamwork, encourages risktaking, innovative problem-solving, and ignites creativity. This time, we worked with Robert Morgan, Senior Lecturer in Scenic Design. We designed chairs.
Our team really does design things together but all digital things and I learned so much about our internal processes specifically because we were working in a physical, non-work-related, low-risk environment. It was that freaky yet cool world’s colliding kinda thing to be coloring with my colleagues. Going along with what I said in my chapter 11 post, I find that opportunities to get out of my head yield so much. It was great validation for “the power of play.”
So hat tip to the Digital Communications Team. My #48dayscreative piece for today… CHAIRS!