PlayLabs Research Program 2021-22
Could Play be a 'Human Superpower' that has helped our species survive and thrive against all odds?
Can we harness the Power of Play to solve the impossibly complex problems facing humanity now... and into an unknown future?
Our research will investigate and demonstrate how Play can be applied to:
Education and learning
Fostering and harnessing creativity
Healthcare & wellness
UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Business & enterprise
Prisons and rehabilitation
Mental and family health
AI and technology advancements
Shared resources & circular economies
Greed, injustice & prejudice of all kinds
Resilience to catastrophic change
Navigating the future
Growing Play Resources
PlayLabs is committed to share our research findings into the history, theory and application of Play, with ongoing content and references added below on a regular basis.
In 1949, Dutch historian Johan Huizinga wrote of the role of play in culture: "Ritual grew up in sacred play; poetry was born in play and nourished on play; music and dancing were 'pure play'… We must conclude, therefore, that civilization was, in its earliest phases, played. It does not come from play, it arises in and as play, and never leaves".
Brian Sutton-Smith was a play theorist who spent his lifetime attempting to discover the cultural significance of play in human life, arguing that any useful definition of play must apply to both adults and children. > Read more
Stuart Brown TED Talk – Play is More than Fun
If you or your organisation are interested in contributing to our research, please get in touch here.
PLAY IN THE PRESS
If you’re reading this article, chances are you’re on a mission to be as productive as possible. After all, there’s always more to do when you’re a high achiever. You want to accomplish more, achieve success, and continuously be on top of your game. Now, there’s nothing wrong with that > Read more
Next-generation competition isn’t coming from your industry but your arena – a fluid competitive landscape where unexpected players address the same customer needs, or compete for the same money and attention as you. > Read more
Play develops resilience, it strengthens parent-child relationships, supports children’s development and promotes mental health & wellbeing. A 2018 study by the LEGO Group found that 89% of parents enjoy playtime as much as their child does and 91% believe it’s good for their own wellbeing. > Read more