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The Playing Human Conference 2018

Welcome to The Playing Human Conference!

One of the most exciting conferences of the year is opening the doors to delegates travelling from all over the world to experience two days of play, serious learning, and connection. Watch the short video below to meet our fantastic keynotes!

Although this event is organised by UnitedMind Ltd, a private limited company, the event is a non-profit event where all profit will be shared between participating registered charities.

We will be filling Conway Hall with people, laughter, chat, fun, tales of joy from around the world, and energy that is unsurpassed by any measure.

The idea came from a recent article I read about the importance of playing as an adult and my mind wandered back to an exhibition I visited in my teens at the art gallery, Louisiana, north of Copenhagen (worth a visit).

The exhibition was called Homo Ludens – the playing human.

This led to further inspiration as I was reminded of a book I came across back then, the book written in 1938 by Dutch historian and cultural theorist Johan Huizinga, “Homo Ludens”. A bit of context: http://www.gamestudies.org/0601/articles/rodriges.

We are very excited about this opportunity to bring awesome speakers together to share their view on play, happiness, laughter and life.

After a great success in London with Pady O’Connor and Patch Adams we are excited to welcome them both back on 27-28 September 2018 to a conference about the playing human.

  • Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL
  • Thursday 27 September 2018 and Friday 28 September 2018 we open the doors to a truly special event with awesome individuals and organisations who will be sharing their pearls of wisdom and playfulness.

Come to London and experience Patch Adams, Pady O’Connor, Robert Holden, Linda Leclerc, Corinne Cosseron, Jo-Dee Walmsley, Lotte Mikkelsen Leif Hansen, and Jeremy Gilley.

Day 1 – Friday 27th September 2018

    • 09:15 Doors open for registration
    • 10:00 Welcome
    • 10:10 Robert Holden of The Happiness Project (UK)
    • 11:30 Linda Leclerc of HAHA Sisterhood (Canada)
    • 12:30 Lunch Break (on your own or together)
    • 13:30 Patch Adams of Gesundheit Institute (USA)
    • 16:30 Corinne Cosseron of Institut des Sciences du Bonheur (France)
    • 17:00 Finishing the Day

Day 2 – Friday 28th September 2018

    • 09:15 Doors open for re-entry
    • 10:00 Welcome back
    • 10:05 Leif Hansen of Spark interaction (USA)
    • 12:30 Lunch Break (on your own or together)
    • 13:30 Pady O’Connor of MeeMee Theatre (UK)
    • 15:30 Jo-Dee Walmsley and Lotte Mikkelsen (UK)
    • 16:00 Jeremy Gilley of Peace One Day (UK)
    • 17:00 Finishing the Conference

Please note, although the conference is organised through UnitedMind Ltd, a registered private company, the event is non-profit and all proceeds will be shared equally between the participating charity organisations.