What is Seriously Learned?

Seriously Learned is a company set up with one goal in mind; to support effective development of business skills through analog game-based interventions.

This includes an ongoing process of content development, responding to client’s needs yet ensuring materials are at the cutting edge of current research and providing more than just the latest ‘management fashion’.

Who is Dr Laura Mitchell?

I am Dr Laura Mitchell, the founder of Seriously Learned, an independent scholar, researcher and consultant. I have designed and taught multiple programmes of study in business management and culture, conducted independent research projects and delivered executive leadership training. I left full-time academia in 2018, after struggling to develop collaborative interdisciplinary and innovative projects in a sector still not quite ready for it! I was also looking to work with a greater diversity of people, to explore innovative training methods, and to create more time to finish my book on rethinking dignity in the workplace.

I offer leadership training and educational interventions using design thinking and game-based methods. In this I draw on my specialist expertise in culture and organisational development. As a LARP game organiser for over 10 years I also design and develop games to support participant engagement and research impact.

I am a member of the Manchester Game Studies Network, a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, and an executive board member of SCOS, an international academic network exploring topics of culture and organisation. You can find my research publications on the sociological or performed aspects of value and worth and on moral conflict in everyday business activity on Researchgate or academia.edu

What information will I discover on the blog?

Generally, the blog features activities and thoughts with respect to the learning potential of serious play, including reviews of new academic work and design notes from games I have attended or contributed to. There are also some reflections on topics related to learning in general and higher education in particular, given my experiences as a university lecturer.

Where articles concern LARP, this is written with both strangers to the hobby and long-time LARPers in mind. 

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