Make voyages! Attempt them…There’s nothing else.
This month I am bringing together a collection of stories, tales, and ideas about Adventure. If you would like to chip in I would love to hear about your Adventure, whether it was a purposeful expedition or evolved through the wonders of just living; email me at [email protected] You can also explore more at Playground Sessions on the 5th of March 2013. It’s all about Adventure #IAAA, in Manchester from 6.00pm, book your place here- Playground Sessions.
I am interested in how play changes the way people work together
When I have introduced myself to people with the sentence above there are usually a few typical responses…
1. Confusion: Silence and staring, Q- ‘So what do you do?’
2. Enthusiasm: ‘Oh wow, that’s different, can we play?’
3. Fear/ Curiosity: Q- ‘What you get adults playing?’ ‘What do you do when people are really resistant?’ ‘How do people respond?’ ‘You’ll never get my team (me!) doing that’
4. Making Connections: ‘Oh my husband works with children’ ‘Like teambuilding exercises’ ‘I’ve tried laughter yoga before’
All of these responses are perfectly valid and genuine; it is the resulting conversation that is more important to me. Also of interest, is that the responses above have come in equal measure- allowing for spontaneous play in unusual places!
Working with learning and development, facilitation, training always involves Adventures and working with a play approach I know that every day I take people out of their comfort zones and push that button of ‘I’m afraid but I’m going to do it anyway’. Or if it is not that button it is ‘Wow, we never get to do this- I want more’.
Top 10 Reasons Why Adventure Is Important:
- Provides learning and education.
- Connects us to other cultures and people.
- Slows us down; gives us a break from our fast-paced lives.
- Expands our awareness and introduces us to greater diversity.
- Helps us break habits: mentally, physically and emotionally.
- Gives us time to heal, reduces stress and helps us regain enthusiasm for life.
- Awakens the inner child by offering us new, “first-time” experiences.
- Promotes patience by releasing heavy expectations and allowing life to flow more organically.
- Invites the opportunity to get lost and face one’s fears of the unknown.
- Helps you get to know yourself better; the true you is rediscovered.
This top ten is taken and adapted slightly from The Art of Adventure- Why Travel is Important, however alongside the world and its potential for Adventure, are the everyday Adventures, experiences, challenges, risks and journeys that actually provide the same outcomes as highlighted above.
After reading this list I started to think about how I could add to it, to highlight the value of Adventure not only to individuals but to teams and business also, things that I see every day in play…
- Shared experiences create both openness and trust
- Things go wrong, vulnerability is shown and people jump in with support
- Confidence is increased, and people step forward
- With a more organic flow, productivity increases
- Morale is increased, people are ambitious
- New perspectives open up new possibilities, pushing boundaries for innovation
- Bold decisions are made when tackling difficult situations
- A rallying cry builds a new sense of togetherness
- Persistence, determination and resilience prevail
- In a changing environment people, teams and businesses can adapt
Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.
John W. Gardner
The next question I am asked after our discussion about what I do, is how did you get to doing that? Another blog in this series on Adventure I think!
Look out for all the blogs coming up in February about Adventure, here, and on twitter with the #IAAA. If you have a story to share please get in touch.
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