Change can be scary, or it can be exciting. One thing we know for sure is that it is inevitable, and it moves us forward. Whether it is the future of mobility or your organizational structure, it has become a part of our role to nudge the transformation by helping our clients to open up to new possibilities and understanding.
We have been developing PlayBase, a game/workshop framework that prepares our partners for the possible changes on their horizon and prompt them for necessary shifts.
The Magic of PlayBase lies within the playful experience. Through a story-driven approach with immersive engagement, it invites participants to examine the best-case and worst-case scenarios with critical discussions. This exploration contributes to a shared, solid knowledge foundation (understanding of the context) which we need for building the next big thing, be it a product, a service or a company! It recognizes the increasing need for space within the creative industries where failures can be explored in an inclusive and playful way.
Our first edition, PlayBase: New Reality, projects visions of new working/living conditions, and discover favorable changes to organizations.
‘Why playing?’ you may ask. Games allow participants to escape from the common situation and immerse themselves into an extraordinary environment (Calleja 136–139). Through speculative fantasy and shared imagination, players are extracting themselves and engaging in the novel social setting (Hawkes-Robinson; Walton). In PlayBase, they are free from the mundane and any usual constraints (Bowman). It is a safe space where trial and error can be carried out and played with—all but without the fear of failing (Thoring and Mueller). Innovation is thus elevated by the staged safety net and enhanced by the creative setting.
Another fundamental benefit of PlayBase is boosting team collaboration. Players act as diverse individual characters, but problem-solve as a team to create positive impacts. Hierarchies from the office are dissolved. Through achieving missions together, role playing assists understanding of complex, multi-layered events, foster empathy towards different viewpoints, and encourage closing bonding as a community (Bowman; Shapiro and Leopold).
In the scenarios from PlayBase, partcipants are required to make plans, prioritise tasks and goals, build up strategies, execute actions, collect and respond to incremental feedback, as well as replan scheme accordingly to any repercussions (Calleja 155–165; Walton). This simulate challenges they will meet in normal business and cross-disciplinary work that drives the fast-paced product development. Qualities are strengthened just as in real life – but with fun!
PlayBase: New Reality offers different scenarios grounded on the much debated issues arising from abrupt change that we are all facing. The scenarios contribute to the overarching narrative about social cohesion in face of pressure and the unexpected.
PlayBase: New Reality is our first online version. The game invite participants to speculate the on-going changes as a result of physical distancing. PlayBase New Reality offers different scenarios grounded on the much debated issues arises the abrupt change that we are all facing. The topics of play are, for example; What is the new reality for the way we work? How can we learn when the space of experience is limited? How can we turn the table and use the time of pandemic to plant the seeds of altruism in our society? Etc. The online set up of this version allows remote participations. Despite the physical distancing, our virtual experience knows no borders nor time zone!