Potential Space: The threatened source of individual and collective creativity

As current headlines are dominated by news of invasions, polarized politics, stalemated trade relations, virtual and artificial means of working, and burgeoning mental health crises, it is timely to be reminded that true communication, creativity and human development only comes through play. Gilles Amado takes us back to the beginning to explain what we need more of in the present: the potential space to imagine with others a shared purpose and negotiated reality.

Amado, Gilles (2009) Potential Space: The threatened source of individual and collective creativity. Socioanalysis, Volume 11, 16-35.

John Newton, Emeritus Professor


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