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Interactive video lesson plan for: Office Playgrounds: Can Freedom Be Programmed?

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From the Interactive Media & Games Seminar Series; Sebastian Deterding, Assistant Professor Game Design at Northeastern University looks at how the first new economy, playful design has invaded the working world. Today, the offices of startups, digital agencies, and web companies like Google often look more like playgrounds than work spaces. According to a recent survey in the UK, 80% of managers believe that playful office spaces can motivate employees. On closer look, however, their playfulness often bottoms out in bright colors, round shapes -- and the proverbial slide. This talk asks what it might mean to make work environments truly playful, what effects it has on well-being -- and whether we can make people play.

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