Envisioning the Future
In a future society focused on extreme efficiency and personalised experiences, how might we
leverage advances in technology to create a play environment that can bring meaningful shared experiences to strengthen children’s relationships with their friends, society, nature and themselves?
Our intervention is set in the not-so-distant future of 2032, where a fictitious Ministry of Play is formed in response to the surfacing of deep cracks in educational and social systems.
Under the umbrella of the Ministry of Play, we explore a future where play is integrated into the daily lives of children. Here, in addition to being used as a way to explore the practical implications of their learning, play serves as a tool for children to deepen their connection with each other, their surroundings, and with themselves.
Introducing the Ministry of Play
In the not-so-distant future of 2032, a fictitious Ministry of Play is formed in response to the surfacing of deep cracks in educational and social systems.
The Ministry of Play has 2 main responsibilities: oversee the implementation of the Open Play Curriculum and ensure the continuous evolution of their PlayWorkers.
Open Play Curriculum
The Open Play Curriculum is the 21st century way of learning: it leverages advancements in technology to cover the checkbox tasks, leaving more time for children to naturally and holistically explore the subjects they are taught, the environment they are in and the relationships they form with others and with themselves.
The Open Play curriculum is a joint effort between the Ministry of Play and the Ministry of Education. It is a play service and system that is fully integrated into the existing school curriculum. Play is a way of learning and living. Our goal has always been to expand play beyond the playground, and into every aspect of a child’s life.
The PlayWorkers offer play-related guidance and companionship throughout every aspects of one’s childhood. They act as an essential support for raising children and ensuring a high standard of children’s growth and wellbeing.
PlayWorkers are central to delivering the Ministry of Play’s vision and objectives. They act as a connecting thread between the various components that constitute a child’s life. PlayWorkers act as a support hub for the child and family, from prenatal to when the child is over 15 years of age. There are three types of PlayWorkers: PlayCoaches, PlayPals and PlayMentors.