There are so many phenomenal people and communities making an impact in this world through their PLAY work, yet I could not find one place where they are highlighted. So, I created the Play People List as a way of sharing their work in the world, so that more people can utilize their services. If you find that I'm missing someone, an organization, or a community from this list, feel free to send me some of your suggestions.
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Play Thought Leaders
These authors, professors, and activists are redefining the way we think about play. They see play as important as breathing, eating, sleeping, and even love. Their advocacy work is the main reason play is only now being taken more seriously in the workplace as a vital tool for innovation.
I am aspiring to one day be able to make the impact that these phenomenal leaders have had in the world of play.
Partners In Play
Jeff Harry of Rediscover Your Play is currently collaborating with these partners in mischief to create unique workshops that explore a future where fun is, where toxicity in the workplace can be eradicated, and where startup founders can be called to do better in this post-MeToo environment.
With so many podcasts available nowadays, you would think there would be more that explore the concept of play and the importance of it in our lives. There aren't though, except for these phenomenal podcasts, that not only delve deep into the idea of play but also capture the stories of individuals that have found a way to play for a living. Definitely subscribe if your podcast playlist is missing a dose of playful fun to it.
Many companies speak of wanting to be innovative, agile, and disruptive, yet their work environments do not foster this type of creative risk-taking. These experts have the ability to infuse a creative spark into teams and companies, so they can see their challenges as opportunities to reinvent themselves and prevent themselves from becoming the Blockbuster Video of tomorrow.
Play Improvisers &
Laughing Yoga Facilitators
The amount of laughter you see within a team communicates the level of trust staff have for one another...and being that "you learn more about someone in an hour of play than in a year of conversation," having your team experience a virtual improv and/or laughter yoga session may be exactly what they need. These practitioners are the best at what they do and help create unique memories that help staff to see each other as their childlike selves.
Play Team Building Facilitators & Coaches
Teams, especially right now, are struggling for connection and companies are asking themselves how can we sustain our culture in this virtual environment. These Team Building Facilitators have mastered how to breakdown workplace barriers so that staff can have trust, empathy, and understanding for each other in this new normal. If your team needs a jolt of positivity right now that will bring them together, these facilitators will deliver.
These educators not only know the importance of play, but are able to incorporate play into their teaching in a way that makes their curriculum tremendously engaging for their participants.
Play Movement Facilitators
Play is synomymous with movement. These facilitators, coaches, and instructors find ways to utilize dance, parkour, fitness, and primal movements to help people tap back into that playful spirit that makes them feel alive.
These dynamic individuals infuse play into their consulting work to help companies address some of their most pressing issues and pain points in a play-oriented, innovative way. If you have grown tired of normal consultants providing you the same 'tired' solutions, consider these talented people.
Experiential Play Creators
These individuals are creating unique experiences that are playful, introspective, life-affirming, and perspective-altering. Much of their work has been recognized by the press as something extremely out of the ordinary that somehow still works. Check out the impact they are making in the world.
With so many phenomenal play practitioners in the world, we couldn't add them all to this list. So, we created this Play People Community Database to share the impactful, powerful, dope work they are doing in the world:
If there is play people missing from this list, please let us know.
There are many different types of play communities around the world that are advocating for a more playful world. Here are just a few of these communities, spanning academia that study play, play practitioners, improv, laughter yoga, dance, as well as gatherings of play thought leaders.
Find a community that fits your play style below.
Play Conferences & Camps
There are so many different types of conferences and camps that celebrate play in a dynamic, unique, and impactful way. Here are a few of these events.
Here's a list of some of the top books breaking down the benefits of play, exploring creativity, curiosity through play, as well as figuring out how to build community and rediscover whom you are all by playing.
For an even more comprehensive list of books about PLAY, check out: