Bo Stjerne Thomsen is the Head of the Centre for Creativity, Play and Learning at the LEGO Foundation with the aim of supporting the long-term impact of learning through play on children’s creativity, engagement and lifelong learning. Bo Stjerne is part of the LEGO Foundation Leadership Team and responsible for the Foundation’s research and innovation agenda supporting research partnerships, centers and labs in places like USA, China, Denmark, Bangladesh, Italy and UK. Bo Stjerne has published international reports on the ‘Future of Learning’, ‘Cultures of Creativity’ and ‘Global Research and Innovation Networks’ (http://www.legofoundation.com/da-dk/research-and-learning/foundation-research) to understand play and learning from across disciplines like psychology, technology, education and neuroscience to support creative communities. Originally an architect and designer by training with projects in USA, Mexico, China and Denmark; a PhD in Performative Learning Environments and visiting scholar at the MIT Media Lab in Boston.
How do we design for a future that involves a rapid shift in the future of jobs with the influence of emerging technologies and cultural change? Designing for play not only includes the ability to design the environments and systems around us, but also embodies a playful and iterative approach to how we learn and create our own lives. We need a different mindset and new language of playing and designing, which can revitalize all of our work, communities, business and life. When pursuing these questions, children are amazing role models.