“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.