Deep, playful experiences are within our grasp
This summer I flew to New York City to spend two intensive days with Jonathan Fields and 6 other leaders from across North America. People like Dr. Jodie Richardson, a leading psychologist from Montreal, and Audrey Ducas, a French-born, Brooklyn-based Indiana Jones of beautiful things. I came prepared with months worth of customer research. I came with words like "need" and "tech addiction" and descriptions of people's deep personal longings and struggles around web use. I came prepared to create products and talks that would help.
As I shared the words of women, men and teens struggling to find balance in a wired world, a quiet settled over the room. A solemn quiet.
This was not inspiring. These were not the words.
As we spoke together, eight of us gathered 30 floors above Union Square, a new message emerged. A joyful message.
Dr. Richardson explained the psychology of human motivation. How we can literally trick ourselves into new positive behaviour through gamification or playfully retooling things that might at first seem cumbersome or unappealing. What emerged from our discussion was the opportunity to share a joyful message, prompting us to spend time away from our screens, and reminding us of the deep, playful experiences within our grasp.
Next month I will be launching a new initiative that will do just that. I can't wait to tell you all about it.