Voting opens: Who should be our next guest editor?

As you may have noticed, we’re doing things a little differently in 2018. Over the course of the year we’ll be inviting a series of guest editors to come on board to guide explorations into the areas that we’re most passionate about.

We began the year with a Spotlight series on Fulfilling Potential, curated by our first guest editor, the brilliant Simon Sinek. That was just the start. We’re now on the hunt for our next guest editors and want a helping hand from our readers - consider this a call-out for your ideas and nominations.

Below you’ll find a description of the issues we’ll be tackling in our next Spotlight series - do you know somebody to head up our exploration into all things play? You can submit your ideas using the simple form below. We’ll review every nomination and announce our guest editors and more detailed topics over the coming weeks.

Play is a serious business - companies all over the world are harnessing the power of play to transform their work culture, approaches to process, product development and design.

Far from being a distraction from ‘real’ work, we believe play is a vital methodology for exploration, problem-solving and ultimately innovation and disruption.


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Experimentation and play are key ingredients across all forward-looking organisations, ventures and initiatives. At Facebook, the lines between work and social are blurred, with work spaces designed with neighbourhood vibes in mind and activities like ping pong and wall climbing encouraged during the work day. Here at Virgin, we embrace a weekly ‘digital detox’ encouraging staff to step away from our desks and divert attention to activities that don’t revolve around our inboxes.

In our next series we’ll be looking at all things Play, from how the concept of ‘play’ is being used to change our approach to work, to how play is helping solve some of the world’s greatest challenges, to the wellness impacts of a playful mindset. We’ll also look at industries that would have once been viewed as undesirable or inaccessible, the best inventions that came out of mistakes, disruption through play and changing attitudes to play as a serious business.

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