Video: All work and no fun? Nonsense! — How creativity, curiosity, surprise and play help us work

It’s OK to day dream. Our minds need to play. We need to wonder; we need to wander. In a day where we’re on sensory overload, it’s important for our brains to take a break—in both our personal and professional lives—otherwise, we burn out. In this inspirational session, we’ll take a mental road trip of sorts with several stops:

– Creativity: how we can reinvigorate our creativity or boost it to a new level
– Curiosity: how childlike wonder keeps us fresh and inspired — and helps us be better creators and storytellers
– Surprise and anticipation: how not knowing what’s next keeps us motivated—and on our toes
– Recess: how implementing play into our lives—and taking more time to rest—helps boost brainpower.

Filled with practical first-hand examples and stories from peers and further fueled by expert research and books, this session aims to renew and refocus energy and build and boost brainpower. Finally, we’ll talk about how these aspects not only make us better professionals, but also how the concepts can trickle down to help our students and those around us.

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2018 website at https://2018.wpcampus.org/schedule/lightning-talks/how-creativity-curiosity-surprise-amp-play-help-us-work/.

Speaker:
Donna Talarico

What is WPCampus?
WPCampus 2018 was the third annual in-person conference for the WPCampus community, a gathering of web professionals, educators and people dedicated to the confluence of WordPress in higher education. The event took place July 12-14 on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis. Learn more about the event at https://2018.wpcampus.org.

Session Video

Donna Talarico

Writer/Publisher, Stories & Such/Hippocampus Magazine@donnatalarico

Donna Talarico is a writer, content marketing consultant and former director of communications in higher ed from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She’s been published in CASE’s Currents magazine, The Guardian Higher Ed and Wiley’s Recruiting and Retaining Adults Learners newsletter. Talarico is founder and publisher of Hippocampus Magazine, an online literary journal with a small press division. She’s had past lives in radio, print media and ecommerce.