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Festival of Ideas: Exploring Games and Play in Adulthood

16th October at 6:30 pm7:30 pm

Faculty of Education, Donald McIntyre Building, GS5, 184 Hills Road, CB2 8PQ

As children, we all play. But what about as adults? In this talk, researcher and game designer Dave Neale will argue that play is still a part of adult life, it just takes different forms. By examining how play changes across the lifespan, and the role of play and games in human society and history, he will address questions such as ‘Is play still important and meaningful in adulthood?’, ‘What forms does it take?’, ‘What are the benefits?’, and, perhaps most importantly of all, ‘How do I live more playfully?’

Dr Dave Neale is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Centre for Research on Play in Education, Development and Learning (PEDAL), and the designer of two board games aimed at adults: a scenario in Unlock! Heroic Adventures, and the forthcoming Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Baker Street Irregulars. He has written research briefings and given talks on play for organisations as diverse as The LEGO Foundation, the UK Houses of Parliament, and the United States military.

Website: www.dneale.com


16th October
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm


Faculty of Education
184 Hills Road
Cambridge, CB2 8PQ
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01223 767600