Let’s playfully change the world!

7 July 2011 1 By Viv McWaters

Wow! Bulgaria sounds like a really bad country to live and work in based on this TED talk by Steve Keil. But hang on, he could be describing your work place, especially if it’s one where you do serious work, have autocratic leaders who are untrusting and controlling, even restrictive – and you’re not allowed to play. That’s right – play. This manifesto is all about bringing play back into our lives, and into work in particular. He suggests we are hard-wired for play, and points out that the opposite of play is not work, it’s depression. And play does not equal frivolous.

It won’t come as a surprise to know that I’m completely on board with his call for a revolution [a drastic and far-reaching change in the way we think and behave] – a play revolution. Yay!

But enough from me – take a break from whatever you are doing and watch this. Here’s the link if you can’t see the video below. http://www.ted.com/talks/steve_keil_a_manifesto_for_play_for_bulgaria_and_beyond.html