264 - Play as a Prism: Exploring Group Work, Conflict, and Human Connection

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Apr 9 2024 • 1 hr 13 mins

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It is wonder, curiosity and imagination wrapped up in one. It is both a suspension from reality and way of navigating the world, a problem solver, a flow of creativity, a creative outlet, a language and a state of mind. It is: play!

And true to its nature, we cannot possibly box play into one definition. Lily Higgins, Pauline McNaulty and Jules Gilleland join me in my digital playground this week to unpeel the many layers of play: purposeful play, play without agenda, play as the essence of human connection, and play as a curious and unexpected vehicle for conflict resolution.

Gather around for our special fireside conversation!

Find out about:

  • Lily, Pauline and Jules’ multifaceted definitions of play, and why it is simultaneously a mindset, tactic, strategy, and metaphor
  • The complexities and contexts of play as a facilitation tool
  • How play can be used to navigate conflict, creating a safe space that diffuses risk
  • How play can help us challenge our stories, and encourage us to see new perspectives
  • The difference between purposeful play, play as the experience itself, and play without agenda

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