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.…

No More Time Outs: An Exploration of Playful Parenting

How Playful Parenting Is Reinventing the Parent-Child Relationship Parenting styles have always varied. Strict or lenient, hovering or independent – regardless of which way a parent bends, by integrating elements of play into their approach, they can step up their parenting game and make the menial seem more meaningful. The future of parenting may lie…

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…

Work Out Your Brain: Creativity Gyms

Creativity needs to stop being seen as an impalpable gift and start being seen
 as a skill like analytical thinking or time management – one that can be improved and developed. However, there is no “creativity potion” a person can take; instead, creativity requires an environment conducive to cognitive dissonance and curiosity, in which creativity…

Cautious Play

Taking a Purposeful Approach to Innovation   In 1956, President Eisenhower set in motion the largest public works program in history: the creation of the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways (also known as the Interstate Highway System). The program was envisioned as a grand solution for addressing problems of road…

From Entertainment to Experience

No longer shrouded by the stigma of nerdiness, today’s comic conventions are more than just a place where adults gather to play dress-up or meet their real-life superheroes – they’re where the future of entertainment unfolds. Drawing hundreds of thousands of self-proclaimed nerds, as well as the companies who court them as customers, comic conventions…

Experience Art: Discover the Art of Anime and Manga

Everyday Scenes from a Parallel World, PIE International Although anime has been around for decades, there has been a notable revival in the genre as of late. Netflix is dubbing and rebooting old favorites, cutting-edge video game graphics are being pared down into nostalgic two-dimensional worlds, and the manga industry continues to stay strong, especially…

How Brands Are Using “Play” to Stay in the Game

Childhood: those carefree days of rambunctious young life, where “playing” was a way of exploring; where we deconstructed and hacked our physical realities into our own creative imaginings; where we evolved by being flexible and tolerant of changing playing fields; where we engaged and played productively with one another, sharing a common vision and goal.…

Play To Transform

Will Playing Make AI More Human? On March 15, 2016, Google’s AI program, AlphaGo, beat world champion Lee Sedol four-to-one in one of the most complex strategy games ever devised – the ancient Chinese game of Go. Since that historic match, Google has released a new version of its AI agent, called AlphaGo Zero, which…