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  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    How do you think play informs your work, Nicole? Just interested in how it can help in all types of professional development.

    • Nicole Cardoza

      It's funny, I wanted to ask you "what type of work?" but I think it's really similar. Whether it's working in tech or running a nonprofit that fosters creativity through kids yoga, I've found that play is about being confident to explore without shooting for results. As grownups we're always working towards something, and find simple exploration or discovery a waste of time if it doesn't deliver on something greater. This idea of play - which either creates a world with no expectations, or fantasy-like, irrelevant goals (like a video game or something) allows us to apply our efforts on not the end result, but the journey; the present and now. So whether it's trying to figure out how to fund another semester of programs or build a mobile app, I try to take a step back and just experience the moment, explore options and possibilities, without desperately trying to wring out the results from whatever I can get my hands on. I learn more, find it more enjoyable, and always happen to find a solution that way, too.

      How about you?

      • Alessandra Rizzotti

        Sometimes I struggle with wanting process over play. Strategy over exploration. However, I think games in a way have structure and you have to approach them with strategy, so setting up rules before you play is key. In managing the community of GOOD, which is a new job of mine, I am learning what processes to set up that will help you guys achieve your project goals, or connect better - maybe collaborate in real life. The play for me is figuring out what engagement works best to do all those three things. I am experimenting, and the play is really connecting with you guys. Seeing what gets you excited, and helping you figure out how GOOD can do good for you.

        • Nicole Cardoza

          That's interesting! I think I'm a bit too obsessed with the concept of structured play and cognitive development through it because of Yoga Foster, but I'm happy to see more and more people with no real tie to the idea embrace it for their personal self improvement!

  • Joshua Neuman

    Funny, in the back of my mind, that was the book I was asking about. Thanks!

  • Joshua Neuman

    I'm looking for a book that tells the cultural history of "play." Anybody out there have any ideas?