Stuart Brown is founder and president of the National Institute for Play near Monterey, California. He is co-author of Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul.
He was interviewed by Krista Tippet, producer of the program "On Being," featured on Minnesota Public Radio.
Ms. Tippet introduces the program (entitled “Stuart Brown—Play, Spirit and Character”) with these words:
Who knew that we learn empathy, trust, irony, and problem solving through play — something the dictionary defines as "pleasurable and apparently purposeless activity." Dr. Stuart Brown suggests that the rough-and-tumble play of children actually prevents violent behavior, and that play can grow human talents and character across a lifetime. Play, as he studies it, is an indispensable part of being human.
Hear the rest of his fascinating interview here. And, while you’re at it, check out the other links there. It’s a treasure chest of playful gems.