From Professional Golfer to Game Genius, Peter Williamson Inspires Social Change

In this playful episode of the Playful Humans podcast, I had the pleasure of chatting with Peter Williamson, a professional golfer turned game genius. We explored the power of play, using games to engage communities, fundraise, and maintain a sense of fun in sports. We also discussed the different types of games and work, their applications, and the importance of understanding these distinctions when designing games.

From experiential learning benefits to creating a playful workplace, we dove into the various ways games can foster engagement, promote learning, and create memorable experiences in various settings.

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(0:07:39) – The Power of Games and Play
(0:12:39) – Experiential Learning Benefits
(0:20:49) – Benefits of Playful Workplace

Chapter Summaries:
(0:07:39) – The Power of Games and Play (5 Minutes)
We explore the different types of games and work, delving into their various applications and how they can be used to engage different audiences. From games that focus on competition and strategy to those that encourage collaboration and storytelling, we discuss the importance of understanding these distinctions when designing games. We also touch on game theory and mechanics, highlighting the use of the prisoner’s dilemma to explore interpersonal relationships and strategizing. By utilizing the power of games and play, we can create meaningful experiences, foster discussions, and promote learning in various settings, from nonprofits to corporate environments.

(0:12:39) – Experiential Learning Benefits (8 Minutes)
We dive into the benefits of using game mechanics in various settings, including education, marketing, and nonprofit events. Experiential learning, which games provide, allows for better retention of knowledge and fosters engagement. By utilizing games to tell stories and convey the importance of certain issues, people are more likely to get involved and support causes. Incorporating elements of play into events can create memorable experiences, leading to increased support for nonprofits. While it’s crucial to be respectful, even difficult topics can be approached with play in a way that celebrates the impact an organization is making.

(0:20:49) – Benefits of Playful Workplace (11 Minutes)
In this chapter, we discuss the importance of integrating moments of enjoyment throughout the day to improve workplace satisfaction and overall well-being. By identifying moments that bring joy and incorporating more of them into daily routines, individuals can gradually influence their work environment and make it more enjoyable. Additionally, we touch on the power of reflection and setting expectations in the context of play at work, emphasizing the need for proper communication and understanding of the goals behind playful activities. Finally, we engage in a light-hearted game, underscoring the value of play in our lives and careers.