Cultivate Innovation: Make Room for Play at Work

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Course Overview

Cultivate Innovation: Make Room for Play at Work
Originally Broadcast On:
August 05, 2015
Time Estimate:
One hour for the main presentation and questions. Sometimes presenters stay longer to answer additional questions from participants.

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Some of the most successful companies in the world — Google, Toyota, 3M — make time for employee innovation. Yet the news industry, which needs fresh ideas more than ever, has largely ignored this trend in favor of hierarchical organization and strict job roles.

How can they keep up?

HLN is reinventing itself, from the newsrooms and studios, and they’re doing it by prioritizing play.

As it turns out, when we step away from our screens and give ourselves permission to play, wonderful things can happen — and it can even help create a competitive advantage for our brands. In this Webinar, we'll talk about why it makes sense for all of us to make play a big part of what we do at work, and how that in turn makes work more productive and innovative in every way.

Join us to see some examples of how HLN has built a culture of play and startup-led inspiration, and why it makes sense for all of us to make play a big part of what we do at work.

This Webinar is part of a weeklong series on the topic of fun at work. You can see the full list of events and sign up for all of them at a discount rate here. Follow the conversation at #happynewsroom.

What Will I Learn:
  • Why play is a recent global trend
  • How play provides a competitive advantage for brands
  • Wonderful, inspiring (and low cost!) examples of how to play at work
  • How play fuels innovation from the bottom up
  • How to incorporate elements of startup culture into your newsroom
  • Why permission is key
  • The importance of leading by example
Who Should Take this Course:

Anyone who has a creative, playful spirit and wants to learn how play can propel their organization forward.

Course Instructor:

Karyn Lu

Karyn Lu is Director of Product Strategy & Partnerships at HLN, a network currently reinventing itself as an all-screens home for the social media generation. Previously, Karyn was the lead futurist/trendspotter at Turner Broadcasting, and a UX designer at, where she co-founded CNN iReport.

Karyn is a frequent public speaker on the topics of play, innovation and workplace culture, and has been featured at TEDxCentennialParkWomen and Creative Mornings Atlanta.

Technical Requirements:

1.4GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or faster processor (or equivalent) for Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1
512MB of RAM (1GB recommended) for Windows 7 or Windows 8
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10, 11; Mozilla Firefox; Google Chrome
Adobe® Flash® Player 11.2+

1.83GHz Intel Core™ Duo or faster processor
512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
Mac OS X 10.7.4, 10.8, 10.9
Mozilla Firefox; Apple Safari; Google Chrome
Adobe Flash Player 11.2+

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