In this newsletter, we want to tell you a little bit about CounterPlay '17, and especially how *you* can be part of making it better and more playful than ever.
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CounterPlay '17: The Power of Play

CounterPlay '17 is getting closer, as it takes place on March 30th - April 1st at Dokk1 (we love this place to bits!), Aarhus, Denmark.

With the sweet memories of the playful community at CounterPlay '16 in mind, we are thrilled to invite you all to participating in what will be another step towards a more playful world. This is a world, where play is not frowned upon, but considered valuable for all of us; where we dare to have fun together; where being open to the world is the default mode of being; where curiosity is appreciated and creativity is nurtured; where we don't take ourselves too seriously, but where we are truly present in the moment; where  experiments and failure are natural and rewarding parts of our lives; where we are all less afraid and where participation is real. 

That world may currently be a beautiful, distant illusion, but it is our guiding star, and, with your invaluable help, we are moving in the right direction.

CounterPlay '17: Call for proposals

For CounterPlay '16, our call for propoals yielded a great number of amazing contributions for the festival, so of course we're continuing down that particular path.

The theme for CounterPlay ‘17 is “the power of play”, because we want to explore how play relates to power in so many ways. We think play is powerful because it opens up the world and creates completely new opportunities. Play turns us into active participants, gives us agency and helps us become catalysts of change. The power of play is also that it inspires us and gives us the courage to challenge established power structures in society. We invite you to submit proposals that explore the power of play across different areas in society, from practice as well as research.

Take a look at the call and do consider submitting!
See the call for proposals >>>

The Play Summit

There is currently an amazing thing happening online: The Play Summit!

Hosted by Louise Hall, The Play Summit offers interviews with 21 playful people from around the world, who share their insights and experiences on "how to get playful":

I ask 21 of the world’s leading experts in PLAY, PLAYFULNESS, INNOVATION and CREATIVITY…What is play, who is it for and how do we use it? How can we create a joyful life? What does it take to feel connected to yourself and to others? How do you create a life worth living? Is there a way to experiment with that which scares us the most?Can playing and experimenting help open up new possibilities? How do we open up to possibilities and awaken our creativity?
Head over & watch the interviews >>>

A Playful Wonderland

Since it is now getting increasingly cold and dark in these parts, it is nice to recall a wonderful experience from when it was still (rainy) summer: the huge FDF Landslejr summer camp. 11.500 children, young people and adults got together for 9 days of camp in beautiful surroundings in a forest. 

This is impressive enough, but to make everything better, the theme was, quite simply, PLAY! They created an entire fictional universe, where "the fountain of play" needed people to play more, and then they invited everybody to help make that universe come alive. It was, to say the least, amazing.

Follow the link for a post and short interview with general secretary Morten Skrubbeltrang and Ane Schjødt Koch, who was responsible for designing 8 intriguing "play stations" for the camp.
Read more & watch the interview

The Book Project

As you may remember, we are making a playful book about play, and we have received many, many wonderful proposals. It is really shaping up to being a very interesting contribution to the continued exploration of play and playfulness from a wide range of perspectives.

If you want to be part of the project, but missed the deadline, you still have until December 5th to submit a full proposal. 
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