Join us for CounterPlay '17
How can play facilitate a stronger sense of agency and become a catalyst of adaptability and change? In what ways can play inspire and encourage us to question the status quo and challenge the rules? When will our innate playfulness spark our imagination and curiosity, and will it enable us to see that the world could be transformed into something else?
For the 4th time, people from all around the world come together for three days of talking, thinking, dancing, making, learning and playing. With a program more diverse than ever, you will have the opportunity to explore how to learn, work and live more playfully.
Registration for CounterPlay ’17 is open. Why not head over there now? Early bird ends on February 20th.
For the fee, you three full days with access to 50+ sessions with amazing people from around the world, including keynotes, workshops and playful events, interactive play spaces, networking, full catering during the festival (lunch each day, fruit, cake, coffee/tea, water), festival dinner Thursday evening etc. Your participation is also an invaluable investment in the growing playful community for the benefit of us all.
You can choose to pay by card or by receiving an invoice (also via EAN). The former is our preferred method, as it is easier for you and for us (it runs automatically, while the latter requires a manual process in both ends).
Play is powerful as play allows us to play with power, to challenge power, to be subversive and rebellious. This is an invitation to share your insights, experiences and ideas on playing with power.
While it may seem trivial to say that play is about participation, it might not be that straightforward. To truly participate is to have some degree of power, and the same goes for play.
Having reviewed all the wonderful proposals for CounterPlay ’17, we are immensely happy to present the first big selection of activities and people, who are going to help us make the next festival the best and most playful one yet.
What is this?
CounterPlay is an NGO that organizes an annual festival and related initiatives to facilitate conversations about play and support a movement towards a more playful society. We believe playfulness can help us live better lives together in this complex world, so we create spaces and opportunities for all of us to learn how.
We offer a standing invitation to join an open, inspiring, vibrant and diverse community of playful people from all around the world. The festival is supposed to be a prototype of the “playful society”, where we explore what it would mean to learn, work and live more playfully.
We embrace play as a complex phenomenon full of ambiguity that effectively resist any one definition. Instead of trying to find the “one true” meaning of play, we collect and present as many perspectives and meanings as possible; from all over society, and from research as well as practice.
Ranks among the very best conference/festival I have attended (over a long professional life!). What inspired me most was the camaraderie, the ease of conversation and exchange as if we had all known each other for decades, the lack of pretension anywhere.Geraldine Katz