“Play is the glue that binds us together... Play is our adaptive wild card in order to adapt successfully to a changing world…. will we make the most of our playfulness? Play is not frivolous, play is essential.”
Primatologist and TED Fellow Isabel Behncke Izquierdo shows how a wild bonobo ape society in the Congo learns from constantly playing. Play appears to be the bonobos’ key to problem-solving, creativity, forming connections, and avoiding conflict. If it works for our close cousins, why not for us?