Play to create

What did you play as child?

Do you still tend to play – even if you are not among children or childish people?

To practice a playful attitude – my advice is simply to do something different. Something unexpected. But how often does that comes to chance?

For myself I like to dress up – the reason for this is of course that I am a woman who sometimes goes out for a concert, a dinner or to dance. But I also fancy dressing up – when it is not expected. Especially if I am out to do a presentation to someone, who by my costume (hopefully) remembers my message.

Recently Design Camp 2013 was held at my former Design School in Kolding as a three week seminar to emphasize play in design. Unfortunately I could not be there – as I had to organize and facilitate the Startup Weekend Health Copenhagen at Danish Design Center (of course dressed up as a nurse!)
I really wanted to attend the Design Camp as I think the topic play is spot on. So therefore I enjoy reading the Design Camp 2013 published outcome.

The topic seems to be quite hot as Tim Brown (CEO IDEO) popped up in my LinkedIn news stream today, claiming “That the secret to innovation – is to think like a kid”.

I like that thought. Especially because it fosters anyone to do something unexpected, new and different to make change!

Recently I mentioned the IDEO Kelly brothers, who published their book on creative confidence. Quoted in Browns article their advice is: “The best way to gain confidence in your creative ability is through action, taken one step at a time.” My advice would be to dress up, to act a little bit different the next time you have the chance…

nurse

Rune (Principal at The European College of Innovation) and I – ready to present tools to spark the innovative mind-set at Startup Weekend Health Copenhagen 1 – 3 of November at Danish Design Center.

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