Roleplaying as an empathy tool

Tim Brown: Tales of creativity and play
TED 2008
http://www.ted.com/talks/tim_brown_on_creativity_and_play

As we become adults, we become much more sensitive to the opinion of others. We lose creative freedom.

We don’t take much creative risk

Symbols that remain people to be playful and is a permissive environment.

Playfulness helps us to get better creative solutions

opennes: exploratory play

one of those playful activities that as we get older we tend to forget and then we have to relearn

The 30 circles test

Purdue creativity test: how many uses can you find for a paper clip

this mescaline experiment. But really, it wasn’t the drugs that were important; it was this idea that what the drugs did would help shock people out of their normal way of thinking, and getting them to forget the adult behaviors that were getting in the way of their ideas.

construction play

Can we have rules about creativity?
brainstorming rules written on the walls:
– defer judgment
– go for quantity

It’s learning by doing

16:30 designers call it “thinking with your hands”

18:30 As kids go through the school system, it all gets taken away … they loose playful building mode of thinking

18:50 think with their hands

< 19:30 film canister: prototyping medium

building play. Role play (act it out)

When children play a role they … understanding the rules for social interaction

23:08 using roleplay as a way of creating empathy
roleplaying as an empathy tool

it is this code negotiation that leads to productive play

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