The paper explores how an approach that has similarity to children’s play can support exploration and communication of complex problems. The most common perceptions of children’s play are discussed and it is illustrated how these perceptions can be transferred to an adult play setup. It is illustrated how this can be applied in a specific organizational context and the implications of this are discussed. The experiences from the reported case are compared with a large number of cases and the findings are used to define five essential explanations for the efficiency of the method. These five explanations are summarized in five comprehensive reflection points. The reflection points are formulated in a form that both support the further practical development of the methods and a form the invites for further theoretical research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Future of Transdisciplinary Desig : Proceedings of the Workshop on “The Future of Transdisciplinary Design”, University of Luxembourg 2013
EditorsLucienne Blessing, Ahmed Jawad Qureshi, Kilian Gericke
Number of pages12
Publication date2 Feb 2021
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-06381-2
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-06382-9
Publication statusPublished - 2 Feb 2021
EventThe Future of Transdisciplinary Design - University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Duration: 24 Jun 201325 Jun 2013


WorkshopThe Future of Transdisciplinary Design
LocationUniversity of Luxembourg
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  • serious play
  • Complexity
  • Game


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