Lunch & Learn Webinar - Unleashing the Power of Play with Emmy award winner Gwen Gordon
Thursday, June 4, 2015 from 12:00-12:40 PM Pacific Time
(Space is limited.)
Most of us have been raised to think of play as a frivolous distraction from the serious business of living. But what if we got it backwards? What if play is the essential ingredient for our individual and collective well-being?
Join Gwen as she turns the work ethic on its head and connects some surprising dots to show how a play movement is emerging in every area of life, and why our future as a species depends on it.
The evolutionary context for the play movement
Why play? The costs when we don't, the benefits when we do
A bird's eye view of the play movement... everywhere!
How the future of work is play
Tips for turning proving grounds and battlefields into playgrounds
About the presenter
Gwen Gordon, MA is an Emmy award winning writer and creative director who began a life of play building Muppets for Sesame Street. She left the “Street” to join an Apple research group at the MIT Media Lab where she built playstations for children. Gwen has been an artist-in-residence in settings ranging from Xerox PARC to San Quentin Prison. She earned her masters degree in philosophy and is a pioneer in the field of adult developmental play, publishing and teaching widely on the subject.
Gwen has applied her insights to the design of programs for companies including IDEO and PepsiCo, groups ranging from life coaches to TSA security officers, and for popular films including “What the Bleep Do We Know?!,” and “The Story of Stuff.” Gwen currently blogs for Huffington Post and is producing a PBS special about play called NOW Playing.