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Alan Reiter
Alan Reiter  
8/17/2014 2:23:22 PM
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Re: Let's have some fun
Hi Resurgent phoenix,

Yes, laughter is indeed "good medicine" and research has shown that laughing and being happy and optimistic is healthier than being gloomy and pessimistic (which I am!).

I'm glad your children thanked you. That's a great testament to being a mother.

Perhaps "playable cities" will create happier citizens. 

Resurgent phoenix
Resurgent phoenix  
8/16/2014 8:45:51 PM
User Rank City Slicker
Re: Let's have some fun
Yes Alan, as a young Mother I was told to keep. My children busy(a idle mind is the devils workshop) and they would turn out better. At points my income was low but the neighborhood recreation center provide a place for structured socialization and exercise. Game, team, etc.. Teach us how to work with different personalities, how to share, how to creatively solve problems, how to be patient and wait our turn the list goes on.... We laugh which has prove to be healing. People live longer when they laugh, have a good social net work....so many benefits and skills are learned thru play,. For example gamefication. Thru play my children were introduced to so much...... They thanked me when they went away to college for all they learn because they were continuously involved. They learned so much I can not write it all here, so much!

Alan Reiter
Alan Reiter  
8/16/2014 8:36:13 PM
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Re: Let's have some fun
Hi Resurgent phoenix,

Yes, play is important. I remember a Star Trek (the original series) episode, "Shore Leave," where the crew of the Enterprise landed on a planet where anything the crew thought of -- specific people, book characters, animals, etc. -- would be created. The planet was sort of an amusement park created by an advanced race. When Sulu asked the sole person on the planet, the caretaker, why a such a race would need a place to play, Capt. Kirk said, "the more complex the mind, the greater the need for the simplicity of play."

The idea of the "playable city" isn't just undisciplined play, but to encourage citizen participation. Still, there's nothing wrong with having fun!

Resurgent phoenix
Resurgent phoenix  
8/15/2014 11:10:48 PM
User Rank City Slicker
Re: Let's have some fun
Play is very important for a City. That is why the Recreation DepArtment exist and has a budget. People form bonds, get exercise, share knowledge ...thru play. It makes for a healthier city socially, physically and financially!

Alan Reiter
Alan Reiter  
8/12/2014 2:00:56 PM
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Re: Corporate play?
Hi Susan,

I completely agree. City/corporate sponsorship seems like a good idea to me, especially since these "playable" projects aren't necessarily the most city-centric from an efficiency standpoint, like better transportation or water systems.

Alan Reiter
Alan Reiter  
8/12/2014 1:57:29 PM
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Re: Let's have some fun
Hi kq4ym (Don),

I agree with you again. Corporation sponsorship for these types of projects seems like a good idea. I think some of this already has been occurring.

Alan Reiter
Alan Reiter  
8/12/2014 1:55:33 PM
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Re: Let's have some fun
Hi kq4ym (Don),

I agree with you. The projects do seem artsy. But perhaps cities need more artsy.

Susan Leach
Susan Leach  
8/12/2014 1:19:28 PM
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Corporate play?
Alan, those great piano stairs appear to be a Volkwagen initiative (according to the video), with permission from the city presumably. That might be the perfect combination -- bring a little levity, don't stretch city budgets, and get people moving (in this instance). Fun for free -- more or less...

kq4ym
kq4ym  
8/12/2014 7:23:11 AM
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Re: Let's have some fun
It would seem appropriate to have corporate, foundation or individual sponsorship of musical stairs, and other fun community projects. It would seem right up the corporate PR department's road to sponsor these projects and get their brand name widely seen by the general public, yet not posing a burden on taxpayers.

kq4ym
kq4ym  
8/7/2014 3:56:24 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Let's have some fun
The idea of talking objects does seem fun and I would think would encouage citizen participation into planning useful IoT projects. But, on the other hand, these sample experiments seem a bit more like art projects and entertainment which may or may not be justified economically into a city's budget. But it would be useful to try some and see what results they may bring.

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