The Virtue of Play

"For all the virtues will be present when the one virtue, practical wisdom, is present." In his writings about practical wisdom, Aristotle states that to take the virtuous and ethical action is to achieve the golden mean between two extremes (which he calls “vices”). For instance, acting with courage is virtuous, while having a deficiency…

Fungible Fun: Playing With Your Food

If you sometimes eat gluten-free without having a gluten allergy, or occasionally forgo that burger for a vegan meal option, you are engaging in dietary play. If you took it upon yourself to learn about the ketogenic, Whole30, or paleo diets and don’t actually follow any of them, yet still try to eat fewer carbs,…

Leveraging Leisure

We constantly search for purpose and meaning in our lives. All too often, we look to our jobs and workplaces to provide this sense of self. However, as technology is progressing, things are becoming more automated, and worker alienation is spreading across the labor market, we are expanding our search for meaning beyond the workplace.…

The Future of Money: An Interview with Ann Pettifor

We tend to think of money as a cultural artifact that has evolved from stone disks and precious metals into modern currencies that are becoming increasingly digital. According to Ann Pettifor, a UK-based economist and director of Policy Research in Macroeconomics (PRIME), this technological frame distracts us from the more important social dimensions of money.…

Fueling the Evolution of Blockchain Technology

From Play to Innovation The United States Air Force (USAF) was one of the first organizations to chart technological progress. In the early 1950s, the team looked at the development of aerospace technology to determine whether there was a pattern to the speed of innovation. Since aerospace was one of the fastest moving frontiers in…

Feelings at Play

Finding Radiant and Radical Ways to Be Present With Cancer You’re diagnosed with cancer for the second time in your thirties. You have two young children under the age of five. You’re an entrepreneur in a physically demanding industry. You work with people whose livelihood depends on your creative vision. Rendered motionless by the terminal…

On Education: Let Practitioners Play!

In a time where more people than ever have free access to an abundance of knowledge, educational institutions need to rethink their functional role within society. It's a shame to see some of the brightest minds take an isolated and intellectual path – one without opportunities to apply what they have learned or to refine…

For His Eyes Only

Are women being left behind by the biased design of VR experiences?   It was a fresh spring Saturday morning, and I was excited about
the adventure I was about to embark on. I was on my way to try some new “experiences” at a documentary film festival VR pop-up. The
VR documentaries ranged from a 6…

Robot-Centered Design

The Future of User-Centered Design Has a New Kind of Stakeholder You’re a designer. You create products, experiences, services, buildings, and more. Each time you begin the design process, you consider the multitude
 of touchpoints and features of your design and how they will engage with your intended user. This is the logic of the…