Pat Kane, Director of The Play Ethic, writes: Before 2014 picks up too much pace, I'm gathering together links to some of the most notable engagements and commissions that came to me through the doors of The Play Ethic over 2012/13.
Everything from literary reviews to scientific seminars, futurist curating to keynote speaking; both re-storying organisations in crisis, and facilitating celebrations of excellence.
If your institution, business or network needs to think more deeply about play, innovation, creativity and the future, please contact me at any of these addresses:
FUTUREFEST: a two-day London celebration of possibilities and forecasts heading towards 2050, hosted by Nesta. I was the lead curator of the event, working with CEO Geoff Mulgan from March 2012 to September 2013 (more here).
CREATIVE SCOTLAND's OPEN SESSIONS: a two-month public engagement process over March-April 2013, reconnecting disaffected Scottish artists and creatives with Scotland's government cultural agency, Creative Scotland. I designed the events, blogged them, and facilitated the public forums (more here).
CULTURAL ENCOUNTERS: I was event-designer, public blogger and a conference host at the Humanities European Research Area convention in Dubrovnik, Croatia, October 2013 (more here)
THOUGHT-LEADERSHIP IN PLAY, CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION:
"WHY WE PLAY" AT THE EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE FESTIVAL: I curated and hosted this event with Cambridge University's Patrick Bateson, playwork expert Wendy Russell, and play-games consultant Alex Fleetwood, in March 2013 (more here)
"THE PLAY ETHIC AND THE GOOD SOCIETY": My leading keynote at The Global Gathering for Early Childhood, Dublin, along with Stuart Brown, October 2013 (more here)
"RADICAL ANIMAL: PLAY, ECOLOGY AND HUMAN NATURE": My leading keynote at Quays Culture, Salford, October 2013 (more here)
"LUDDITES AND FOOLS": I spoke at How The Light Gets In, Hay-on-Wye's philosophy festival, on play and technology, June 2013 (more here)
"LOVE AND PLAY": I contributed to Radio3's "Nightwaves" programme, talking (and singing!) about links between play and love, with Esther Rantzen, A.L. Kenndey, and Dylan Evans (more here)
"THE STATE OF THE PLAY ETHIC": Interview with Dutch consumer trends magazine Viewpoint, end of 2012 (more here)
...WHAT WILL 2014 BE LIKE?
Please dig into this site - there's a good decade of multi-media advocacy and exploration of the power and potential of play here! And don't hesitate to contact me from any of the addresses above, if you think I can help you out.
Best wishes, and play well,