Former Muppet-maker, and Emmy award winning creative director, Gwen Gordon gets audience members thinking, laughing, and learning about the importance of play and its impact on their lives and work. As a play expert, author, Huffington Post blogger, and filmmaker, Gwen weaves state of the art research on play from evolutionary biology and neuroscience with real world examples, and sloshes of humor to convey a compelling vision for what’s possible when your workplace becomes a play space. With clients ranging from MIT Media Lab designers to TSA security officers Gwen gets people out of their chairs (and their heads) to feel, think, and know in their bones the power of play for a productive, creative, agile work place. Think Ellen Degeneres meets Einstein meets Elmo!
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The Power of Play
Most of us were raised to think of play as a frivolous distraction from serious business. In this lively presentation, Gwen turns the work ethic on its head and shows how our success actually depends on play. With cameos from an irrepressible Labrador retriever, and an 80 year-old cheerleader, the keynote brings home why play is a superfood of behavior and the key to our success. We learn what makes play possible, what stops it, and the attitude and perspective that can make anything play.