Play To Innovate

Challenge your thinking and create a new mindset

An open and playful mind is a sound basis for innovation. Opening up the mind towards creativity is a challenge as we tend to remain in trains of thought, our comfort zone. How do we define the open mind and how to reach such a state connecting our work and play together for living better and creating a better, vibrant, world while doing that?

Play To Innovate is not about colourful bubble clay, Nerf Guns, cardboards, pens, strings and so on…. Play To Innovate shows a playful understanding of life where innovation starts within and takes you to a level where innovation feels like the air we breathe.

Play To Innovate takes a step into the direction of change carried by mindfulness. As a take-away you will see some of the things you learned earlier in your childhood re-confirmed.

In small steps, baby steps, you start the Play To Innovate game. Play To Innovate is about gaining clarity through sharing experiences of life, dreams, goals, thoughts, feelings, perceptions, attitudes, and actions. It is about traveling on THE ROAD you really want to travel making your life and the life of the ones around you better

“A child playing with a Jenga block tower” by Michał Parzuchowski on Unsplash

Explore these 5 steps to bring you closer to new habits and a new mindset.

  1. Work without play can get boring. Play herein refers to playfulness for creativity, innovation, and be open-minded for solutions that may not emerge from work alone. (Einstein : doing the same thing over and over again…..expecting different results…)
  2. Open Source and Open Mind as a connection. Even though we work in Open Source that is not a guarantee for an Open Mind. Innovation CAN lead to failure and seeing failure as a basis to inspect and adapt and go to the next step is not always easy as failure is almost regarded as a criminal offence especially in Europe.
  3. Make Creative Thinking a Game. With some examples of simple games and exercises the apparent absurdity of problems can be solved by unconventional analysis not usually taken in classical problem-solving. This small step recognizes non-conformist thinking.
  4. See and Feel. You were invited to play the game, but do you experience what you “see, feel and think”? Are your mind, body, eyes, ears supporting you? How does it feel to you and to your collaborators.
  5. Ask a child for advice. For many people if you say the word, ‘storytelling’, they presume it is for children. ‘storytelling’ offers to soothe yourself in the mindset of a child and permitting yourself to ask the questions that come along with the creative power of ‘storytelling’.


Featured Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash