Play On: Episode One - Homo ludens
We all played when we were young. Some of us still play now and have a sense that it might be important. In this new podcast series, we’ll be exploring how and why ‘Play’ features in all aspects of our lives. We all connect with play, often without realizing: the show will illuminate the lighter side of play (how we amuse ourselves / how we learn) and the darker side (how play can steal our time, money and sanity). In today’s episode, we’ll hear from three Play Practitioners who set out to break the rigid lines that separate 'work' and 'play'. You'll hear how they responded to conflicts ranging from the Vietnam War to the Boko Haram massacres in Nigeria, to keep our essential connections through the spirit of playfulness. We are sometimes referred to as Homo ludens, literally ‘the playing man’: it’s what most makes us human. When automation and robots take over, it’s what we might choose to be left with…. Photo taken at an Applied Improvisation Network (AIN) event.by Dale Dudeck.