The powerful link between creativity and play: Tim Brown on

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From the 2008 Serious Play conference, designer Tim Brown from Ideo talks about the powerful relationship between creative thinking and play — with many examples you can try at home (and one that maybe you shouldn’t). (Recorded May 2008 in Pasadena, California. Duration: 27:58.)

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Comments (1)

  • David Lockman commented on Nov 10 2008

    Tim Brown makes some wonderfully valid points in this presentation. He notes that children ask the best questions, because they are less predisposed to prejudge. As he mentioned, the question “what is it?” is often closely followed by “what can I do with it?”, leading to some really creative play with cardboard boxes and aluminum foil. Just awesome! I’ve already started looking a little differently at the craft supplies when I go shopping.