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Since 2000, PAT KANE has been engaged by a wide variety of organizations and institutions to share his insights about technology, business, education and pop culture, based on his studies and writings about The Play Ethic. These engagements have focussed on a number of key issues:
How can management motivate and inspire a "Net Generation" who are more guided by a 'play ethic' than a 'work ethic"?
How do you build a strong culture of creativity in an organization - and how can a complex understanding of play develop and strengthen that?
If your business or practice involves those who regard themselves as "playing" or "gaming" with your services or products, how can you become more literate in the power and potentialof play, so you can bring them greater user/customer satisfaction?
These are the kinds of questions that Pat has been answering in his various public speeches over the last eight years. There are three main ways you can engage him:-
KEYNOTES AND PRESENTATIONS
Pat has presented many 30-60 minute keynote speeches and presentations on the power and potential of play to a range of UK and international audiences. They include:-
2009 London: Keynote at The Economist's 'Opportunity in Adversity' Conference - A Play Ethic for turbulent times (Slides available here)
2009 London: Keynote at Media140 conference - on the relationship between old journalism and new media. (Video and slides available here).
2008 Brussels: Toy Industries of Europe Conference - 'Playing Our Part To Change Lives' (Powerpoint presentation available here)
2008 Aberystwyth: Digital Storytelling Conference - 'A Play Ethic for Digital Storytelling' (Powerpoint available here).
2008 Edinburgh: Scottish Arts Council Partnerships 2.0 conference - 'Performance 2.0: What's Plentiful, What's Scarce and What To Do Next!' (Powerpoint available here)
2006 London: BBC Digital Futures conference - 'The Ambiguity of Play (Powerpoint available here)
2006 Glasgow: Dallas Lecture, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce - 'From Worker to Player' (lecture text available here)
2006 Perth (UK): Keynote speech at Childcare Conference, 'Playing a Bigger Role: Playwork, Childcare and the Well-being Agenda' (Powerpoint available here).
2001 Sydney: ISPA Annual Congress - 'Play Ethic' (lecture text available here)
Pat has participated in many high-level conference roundtables over the Oughties, bringing his play perspective to bear on a variety of themes and topics. They include:-
2006 Brisbane: Festival of Ideas - participant in round-table 'The New Seven Deadly Sins' (official site)
2005 Bristol: Festival of Ideas - 'What Good Are The Arts?' - part of round-table with John Carey (blog report here)
If you'd like to engage Pat for any of these services please mail firstname.lastname@example.org for availability, fees and terms.