Three Things that Play can do in a University (or indeed anywhere) Part 3: Focus

In the first of this series of 3 blogs I identified 3 things that play can do to help bring university students to a place where they are ready to learn: Play can help people bond with each other; to relax in each other’s company Play can energise and awaken people...
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Three Things that Play can do in a University (or indeed anywhere) Part 2: Energising and Awakening

In my previous blog I identified 3 things that play can do to help bring university students to a place where they are ready to learn: Play can help people bond with each other; to relax in each other’s company Play can energise and awaken people Play can focus people...
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Three Things that Play can do in a University (or indeed anywhere) Part 1: Bonding

Counterplay was a brilliant experience for me in so many ways, and made a big difference to how I approach things both as an artist and a teacher. I’m going to focus in a series of 3 short blogs on some ways it has affected my teaching and inspired me to share these...
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Fun, trust and playfulness at work – is that actually allowed?

Is it supposed to be FUN to work? If I had FUN would I be doing my work seriously enough? Would I be concentrated while having FUN? Would I be ambitious enough if I said “YES, I am having FUN!”?

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The Problem with Playgrounds

The idea about the playground is a wonderful thing. It shows that we care so much about play that we design spaces to create the best possible conditions for play to thrive. Playgrounds are, in principle, a love letter to play. At the same time, many playgrounds are...
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CounterPlay ’17 will take place at Dokk1, Aarhus, Denmark, on March 30th – April 1st, 2017.

Submit a proposal for CounterPlay '17

For CounterPlay ’17, we invite you to submit proposals that explore the power of play across different areas in society, from practice as well as research, from private companies to open public arenas and cultural institutions, from kindergarten to universities, from places of work to places of leisure. In essence, everywhere people work, learn and live are possible spaces for play, and we want to investigate what it means and how it might unfold.

See call for proposals

CounterPlay is one of the few public events that brings together people from widely divergent disciplines, and yet are united by their devotion to making the world a little more playful. Bringing them together like this, to play and talk and share each other’s vision, creates an unforgettably playful, creative and productive environment and helps all of them to find a larger and more inclusive perspective on their work.

Bernie DeKoven