A Playful Atmosphere

In the two previous posts I have written about “the diversity of play” and “the play community” as two factors to consider when aspiring to create a truly playful play festival. An even less controllable and tangible part of making a playful...
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The Play Community

In the previous post, I reflected on “the diversity of play” as one strategy for “inviting playfulness” by allowing people to approach play in a way that feels meaningful to them. While we can design for diversity in the way we represent play,...
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Making a play festival playful

It’s been a while since the third CounterPlay festival ended, but we’re still extremely excited that so many wonderful people came from all around the world to play and we still feel the energy. We’ve been evaluating and reflecting on the event, including question of what actually makes a play festival like CounterPlay truly playful?

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Play is Freedom

“It’s funny – a sad kind of funny – that we so often feel that we’re doing something wrong, something illegal, having fun like this, together, in the open. Which is probably why, when we get together, it’s so much more fun” – by Bernie DeKoven

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A Playful space – What a nice place to be!

“To give each other permission to play” is one of the main points which have stuck with me after participating in CounterPlay Festival 2016″ – By Heidi Hautopp

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CounterPlay ’16 is over, and it was the most diverse and playful festival yet. A big THANK YOU to all of the wonderful people, who came and played with us!

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