How can playfulness help unlock climate action?

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How can playfulness help unlock climate action?

How can playfulness help unlock climate action?

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 It might sound counter-intuitive to be playful in a time of crisis, but in this session, we will explore how letting go of serious seriousness from time to time can actually help unlock connection, motivation and climate action. Through play, we build and strengthen the neural pathways that, among other things, aid our creativity, support our ability to navigate uncertainty, and foster a sense of connection to others. In a climate context, this offers huge benefits in helping us imagine, believe in and explore different ways forward.

In the session we will:

– Explore the basics of play theory (for adults!) and what a playful mindset looks like, for coaches and our clients.

– Find out what our ‘play personality’ is and how we can lean into this to find energy and quite literally play to our strengths.

– Consider how playful our climate practice is and spot opportunities to add a bit of experimentation, mischief or joy.

– Oh, and we will play a little too 😉

The session is jointly run by play enthusiasts Lucy Hawthorne, a facilitator with a campaigner’s heart and founder of, and Casey Meehan PhD, an educator and sustainability professional who champions play and playfulness in climate action and host of

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Event Timezone Reference - CARE: British Summer Time started this week. UK local time is GMT+1.

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Lucy Hawthorne is a facilitator, campaigner at heart and founder of Through play-based learning, she helps make it safe, light and fun to face climate change, helping people to engage more deeply, honestly and creatively in a topic that many people run a mile from.

This fascination in play came after a decade in the UK environmental movement where she became concerned that the heaviness of the conversation about climate change was affecting people’s energy to act. She is challenging the norm of serious seriousness as always the best way to get things done. She is based in Bristol, UK and works globally online. She is a LEGO® Serious Play® facilitator and qualified coach.

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Casey Meehan, PhD, is an educator and sustainability professional who champions play and playfulness in climate action. He currently serves as the Director of Sustainability and Resilience at Western Technical College in Wisconsin, USA. He also directs the Sustainability Institute, a 501c3 dedicated to celebrating and inspiring regional sustainability initiatives.

Casey is an associate lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse where he teaches principles of sustainable business. Casey regularly speaks about climate change to a variety of audiences and presents his research and work at local, national, and international conferences. He is certified by the International Society of Sustainability Professionals as a Sustainability Associate and sits on the Advisory Council for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and the City of La Crosse Climate Action Plan steering committee. He has a PhD from the University of Wisconsin in climate change education. Playtime for Casey includes running, exploring the outdoors with his wife and two boys and juggling. Not at the same time. Yet.

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Event Language - English

Posted By - Lucy Hawthorne

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Date And Time

Mar 29, 2023 @ 02:00 PM (UTC) to
Mar 29, 2023 @ 03:30 PM (UTC)


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