What Is Playful Inquiry?
Inquiry is the science, art and spirit of imagination. We naturally associate Inquiry with the logical mind’s intent to satisfy curiosity, solve problems, and explore ideas. Inquiry helps us connect our prior understanding to new experiences, modify and accommodate our previously held beliefs and conceptual models, and construct new knowledge.
Antonyms found in the dictionary: Answer, reply
Playful describes a state of surrender. It involves being open, letting go, and embracing unexpected direction or results. Being playful has positive effects on the body and the brain. Problem solving ability increases after a person has spent some time laughing. This works because laughter turns off the posterior hypothalamus and allows the cerebral cortex to focus on a given task.
Antonyms found in the dictionary: Earnest, serious-minded, sober, humorless, serious, working
Also see the additional text interview with Richard in our previous blog post
Richard Boyd Interview, 2012 Serious Play Conference from Lori Sortino on Vimeo.
This is one in a series of interviews being conducted on the topic of Serious Play, Serious Gaming -- using games, simulation and virtual worlds to help stimulate learning in innovative new ways and find real world solutions.