The definition of play

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“If its purpose is more important than the act of doing it, it’s probably not play.”
— Brown S. (2009) Play is more than just fun, TED Talk


This is a beautiful definition because clears out that the very same superficial action can change hugely for the individual depending if it’s done with a specific purpose or not.

  • It shows clearly that the reason to play comes from an internal motivation.
  • It highlights the open-ended nature of play.
  • It makes clear the distinction between playing a game and being a professional player.
  • It also shows how you need to remove purpose if you really want to foster creativity through play in a corporate environment.