Now that the first month of January has come and gone we want to take this opportunity to reflect on the last year as well as look forward on what is to come. Last year, during GFHEU, we invited you to play, learn and exchange ideas during Europe’s biggest gathering on games for health.
A small video retrospective of this event is available now.
GFHEU18 was not an ending, but a beginning and so the journey continues. Another interesting theme will offer you an excellent opportunity to present your research, experiences, case studies, game design, business case or other related topics for our international audience. All embedded in the theme, playful intelligence.
What is playful intelligence?
Playful intelligence tells us how playfulness can influence the inner and outer aspects of adult life. In fact, it all is about a change in behavior for which serious or applied games are the perfect tools. If we look at the research we see that playful intelligence is an extension of intrapersonal and interpersonal intelligence as described by American development psychologist Howard Gardner. Intrapersonal intelligence is related to our own behavior, feelings and emotions. Meanwhile, interpersonal intelligence addresses other people’s mood, motivation and intentions. Playful intelligence is a combination of these two.
Why is playful intelligence so important?
Play is in our genes, it is an essential part of our intellectual system. In the early days of our lives, there is only play. Speech, learning to walk, or how to ride a bike, is all based on play. It has been proven that we learn faster and better by playing than from reading a book. A change of behavior is more easily achieved by play, although millions of money are still spent on campaigns, e.g. to cease smoking, to avoid fast food, to influence social behavior and so on. Let us, the Games for Health Europe community, put our money where our mouth is and take playful intelligence to the next level. It is absolutely necessary to assure sustainable and affordable health.
We hope that you will join us again in 2019 as we explore the theme of Playful Intelligence and continue to change healthcare for the better. Our family will be getting back together on 7 & 8 October and we hope you will continue to be a part of it!