Inspired by Alex Moseley’s Play-at-Work session at the Counterplay conference we want to collect 101 little ways you can add a little playfulness into all those meetings you have to attend. Kicking off with the ones we discussed at today’s online Show and Tell meeting but please comment and add your own. Just a line to inspire you to give permission to you and your colleagues to add a playful twist.
- Introductions. Rather than go round the table, everyone is given a name card (eg. Luna, Erik…) and the person opposite was asked to give them a job title and department.
- Introductions. Introduce yourself as the chocolate bar you feel like today.
- Introductions. Introduce yourself and say what book you are reading at the moment.
- Apologies. Everyone is asked to apologise for something distinctly un-playful they do regularly at work.
- Rewards. Anyone who volunteers to take an action gets a chocolate coin.
- Minifigs. Minifigs are built as individual avatars and used to represent the student voice, or have their limbs removed for breaking meeting rules or waved to get attention.
- Elephants. A stuffed elephant can represent the elephant in the room and be thrown at people.
- Fiddlers. A box of buttons in the middle of the table adds something tactile to fiddle with.
- Biscuits. No tea or biscuits until agenda item number 3 OR No tea and biscuits if you are late to the meeting.
- Telephone Roulette. Dial a random extension and say hi. Make a new friend and compliment them.
- Idea Garden. A3 sheet of paper in thirds with ‘dirt’ (brown line), seeds and plants – and stick post-it note ideas on as seeds, plants or fully grown ideas! Visualise the development of your ideas.
- Dining Diversely. Volunteers bring food items to share to fuel conversations around culture or work/life balance (eg beans on toast) as a starting point for conversations about diversity. Blue tacos have made an appearance!
…what else? Let us know and we can collate them. Then for the next meeting you are at pick a couple and give them a try!