Who we are

The School of Play began as one woman’s dream for a more playful, happier world. Portia Tung is a play coach, storyteller and wishmaker. Her pursuit to help people realise more of their potential has led to the pleasant yet all together unexpected discovery that play is essential for the lifelong development of adults and not only children. Portia’s research on play has led her to live a more playful life, so much so that she has managed to dream The School of Play into existence.

The School of Play is a popup school dedicated to promoting happier adulthood through lifelong play. We inspire and enable adults to make their dreams come true by nurturing their inner chimp and developing their play intelligence through play adventures. Each adventure is a personal social experiment and transformative experience designed to help us lead happier and more fulfilling lives by reconnecting with our playful selves.

Watch Portia’s talk on “The Power of Play – Making Good Team Great“, the talk that marks the start of Portia’s passionate pursuit of play as an adult, inspired by Dr Stuart Brown‘s book “Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination and Invigorates the Soul“. Portia’s talk debuted at Oredev in Malmö in 2011 and has since appeared at conferences around Europe including London, Cambridge, Manchester, as well as Copenhagen (Denmark) and Rückersbach (Germany). Her talk has inspired audiences to take play more seriously as the key to personal happiness and overall well-being.

To prove we’re serious about the importance of play, check out our Play Manifesto, our pledge to play.

Portia is well-known for her fun, practical and thought-provoking talks and workshops at Agile conferences, and is also the creator of creative concepts such as Agile Fairytales and Enterprise Gardening. Find out more about Portia’s musings through her personal blog.

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