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Unlock Creativity and Collaboration at Work

with Hima Batavia

About This Class

Play can help us reimagine the workplace.

The global pandemic revealed that our workplaces need to push the reset button and reimagine how we relate to each other – if we want to continue to retain and attract visionary and engaged leaders and team members.

Play is a powerful tool, and doorway to shaping workplace cultures that embody trust, connection, equity, and creativity. Yet, play has been minimized in adulthood as meaningless and not serious for success and in the workplace as foosball tables and monthly team building events, rather than a foundational pillar of a fulfilling life and culture. The research consistently shows that playing in adulthood is not only a matter of health and well-being but is the very thing that energizes us and opens us to new possibilities.

Most employees desire a playful culture where they can connect with their colleagues, experiment with new ideas, and destress when required, but are unsure how to play, when to play, and what the consequences might be, because of gaps in communication and modeling behavior.

Join Hima Batavia in an experience that will not only convince you of the power of play but show you how to design and nurture a playful culture – one that is sensitive to our diverse needs to feel safe and acknowledges the complexity of playing the workplace.

Investing in a long-term vision toward a playful culture can transform your workplace into a place where productivity and well-being can co-exist and nurture healthier, more engaged, and effective teams.

In this class you will:

  • Expand your perception of the power of play as a cultural and creative tool
  • Identify organizational barriers that need to change to integrate play as a cultural value
  • Learn how to design an intentional ‘sandbox’ to play in and a framework to embed play within your organization’s culture
  • Apply play as a tool for examining safety and access needs, creative desires, while being transparent about privilege and power dynamics
  • Brainstorm, roleplay and share with peers ways in which your organization can play more

Hima Batavia is a multi-disciplinary artist and designer who crafts experiences and spaces that shape the culture of how we co-exist. She is the co-founder of Reset, a non-profit organization that designs IRL experiences for adults to just play, as an act of resistance, wellness and collective joy. Currently, she sits on the board of the organization.

Over the years, she has collaborated with organizations including Artscape, Luminato, Myseum, Toronto Prisoners Rights Project, Staples Studio, Centre for Social Innovation, Hyman Digital, and Woodgreen Community Services to design, produce and facilitate strategies, experiences, festivals and public artworks centered in principles of play, community, connection, personal transformation, systems change, futures-thinking and well-being.

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All class times are listed in US Eastern Standard Time. We are working to add more time slots that are time-zone friendly globally.

While we wish we could clone Simon, science just isn’t quite there yet. That is why we’ve trained our Optimist Instructors to teach our classes. However, our two on-demand courses are taught by Simon – check out Find Your WHY and The Art of Presenting!

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We are always looking to add more class options to accommodate our global audience. We hope to have some great options for you soon. In the meantime, Simon’s books have been translated into multiple languages and can be ordered online.

We totally understand that schedules can change at the last minute. An unedited recording is available for 48 hours after class ends for all classes except for our WHY series.

We’re glad you asked! Our 60- and 90-minute classes offer: more detail, more connection with your fellow attendees, more activities, and more interaction with our instructors. The 25-minute classes are more lecture-style. They feature more information-per-minute, but the shorter timeframe also means fewer opportunities for active participation.

We know you’re busy and, if you can’t easily spare 60 minutes, we don’t want to deprive you of an opportunity to grow!

Yes! Buy any three of our 25-minute classes in one purchase and you’ll get the third class for half-price. This means that if you purchase a bundle of three 25-minute classes, it will cost $100 instead of the full $120. The $20 discount will be applied to your cart automatically during checkout. If you buy three 25-minute classes in separate transactions, you’ll pay the full price for all classes. 

Yes, we have team options! We love that you are looking to take care of those around you. Your team can join a public class, and you’ll receive a team discount at checkout when you register 10+ team members.  

If you want a private class just for your team, on a date and time that works for you, then visit our private class page and our team will be excited to help you. 

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A spark is something quite small and, by itself, not very powerful. But a spark has the ability to ignite. An idea is like a spark; alone it is just a set of words, but it too can ignite. A great idea can inspire others to dream bigger. Let us all work together to ignite something greater than ourselves.

Let us all be a Spark of Optimism.