Productive Play

25Jun08

The idea of play is becoming more and more integrated into products and services of functional value (ie. work). It is often used as an added value or as a source of inspiration and guide. These things add play where it wouldn’t traditionally be. What if instead of adding play into work, we transform play into work: play then becomes a tool of production. Interesting possibilities abound.

…I can’t help sensing the emergence of a curious new industrial revolution, driven by play as the first was driven by steam. As steam did then, so now play lives among us as a phenomenon long ignored by the machinery of production — evanescent, vaporous, unexploited — and inasmuch as production abhors a vacuum, it was perhaps just a matter of time before it moved to colonize the vacant, vacuous space of play.

From Play Money by Julian Dibbel

(via Adam Crowe)

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