All work and no play is a really bad idea. Because play is work.

Need a break? Of course you do. So put your feet up, forget about your worries, and take a minute to relax. Or more exactly, 27 minutes and 58 seconds. That’s how long it’ll take you to watch Tim Brown’s presentation at the Serious Play conference held in Pasadena, California, last May. Brown is CEO of Ideo, a global design consultancy. In his talk, The powerful link between creativity and play, he makes a compelling case for why all work and no play makes Johnny a dull boy. Or dull designer, marketer, entrepreneur or just about anything else. In an entertaining performance (watch out for the bit where he comes under attack from ‘finger blasters’) he asks why we fear the judgement of our peers when children don’t. What happens to us when we open our minds to the many possibilities through ‘exploratory play’. And how mescaline – the ultimate hippie drug of the psychedelic 60s – actually increased problem-solving abilities and creativity. From ‘learning by doing’ to ‘thinking with your hands’, he explores some fascinating ideas that may fundamentally change the way you think about work – and play. Enjoy. Find out more