From Workplace to Playspace is about visionary, courageous, innovative, and persistent organizations that challenge long-held preconceptions about the incompatibility of workplace and playspace. Each day organizations across industries and with wide-ranging missions are discovering that playspace is the space they can and must create every day at work if they are to think creatively, question old assumptions, respond effectively to the unexpected, and engage all to work at the top of their talent. Filled with case examples from such organizations as Learning Curve International, Google, Chicago Public Schools, Umpqua Bank, and Threadless, the author provides both the conceptual framework and the principles to guide practitioners to create playspace for innovating, learning and changing in their organizations.
About the Author
Pamela Meyer, Ph.D., is founder and president of MeyerCreativity Associates. She teaches at DePaul University where sheis also a Faculty Fellow at both the Center to Advance Educationfor Adults and the Center for Creativity and Innovation at theCollege of Commerce and the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business.Meyer speaks and consults internationally.
Table of Contents
List of Figures and Tables.
1. Workplace to Playspace: A New Mindset for Success.
Reclaiming play as a key dynamic for organizational success andcreating space for all to develop their capacities for innovating,learning and changing.
2. Playspace Is Relational Space.
By developing relational intelligence and tapping the power ofthe relational space organizations are innovating, learning andchanging by engaging and expanding social and relationalnetworks.
3. Playspace Is Generative Space.
Organizations that consistently engage their generative coremake space for the intrinsic motivation and passion.
4. Playspace Is Safe Space.
Innovating, learning and changing can be risky, uncomfortableand disorienting processes. Playspace is safe for freshperspectives, new discoveries, and positive change.
5. Playspace Is Timeful Space.
Organizations and workgroups that negotiate the demands of theclock and make playspace for the possibilities available in thepresent moment create timeful space.
6. Playspace Is Provocative Space.
Provocative space stretches our familiar ways of thinking,being, and doing.
7. Sustaining Playspace.
Recurring themes and best practices of organizations thatconsistently bring playspace to life in their organizations.
Epilogue: Living the Questions.
Playspace lives in the questions and thrives on continueddiscovery.