CounterPlay has always been interested in playfulness all over society and the world; everywhere.

We want to go beyond games, beyond play as an activity, also exploring the meaning of being playful. We want to cultivate playfulness where there is none, and we want to explore what happens when we do.

Now we’re working on becoming more than “just” the annual festival, and as part of that process, we want to identify some of the least playful parts of society:

Peter Gray argues quite convincingly that school is one of the areas with a huge play deficit and with enormous consequences:

To the degree that we take away play, we deprive children of the ability to practise adulthood, and we create people who will go through life with a sense of dependence and victimisation, a sense that there is some authority out there who is supposed to tell them what to do and solve their problems. That is not a healthy way to live.

Which areas of society do you think would benefit the most from having a larger concentration of playful people? What happens if don’t allow or support play more consistently? How can we do it?

Let us hear from you in the comments below or in the CounterPlay group on Facebook!


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Mathias Poulsen

I think a playful mindset is essential for us to live better lives together. I organise the CounterPlay Festival to cultivate a #playfulsociety.

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