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When I read Daniel Pink’s A whole new mind: why right-brainers will rule the future, I admit to doing a happy dance. Because I was one of those kids whose parents wanted me to be a lawyer whereas my heart was set on something different. I was always an empathiser, creative (although not in an artistic sense) and a teller of stories (not to be confused with tittle tat or gossip). In the days long before social media, I wanted ordinary people to have their efforts/talents/achievements that were quite out of the ordinary shared, honoured; to inspire.

Pink’s book says that as we move out of the Information Age and into the Conceptual Age, six essential (right-brain) aptitudes will come to the fore: design, story, symphony, empathy, play and meaning. By the way, Dr Madan Kataria and laughter yoga get a fantastic airing in the Play chapter.

This blog is, for me, a little tribute to the shift in thinking and proof that pursuing what you are passionate about—even if naysayers write you off in childhood—can create magic.

Ben Craig, aka Ben the Brick Builder, once failed a school art assignment because he was told that building with LEGO® was not an acceptable form of art.

He’s just been appointed Brisbane Airport’s new artist-in-resident.

His appointment comes after acquiring numerous accolades for his colourful, complex artistic works. Just imagine a model of London’s iconic St Pancras train station, standing 2 metres high, made up of 20,000+ LEGO blocks!

During the next 12 months, Ben Craig will create two patchwork walls of art, entirely from LEGO, celebrating passengers’ favourite travel experiences as shared with him.

As Ben puts it: “Airports are full of stories, and beyond spending the year bringing together two major passions, aviation and building with LEGO, I am excited to have the opportunity to engage travellers, illustrating their stories and travel experiences with LEGO bricks.”

Watch out also for his public workshops, sharing LEGO-building skills and tips for the young and young-at-heart, starting mid-September.

Why am I even mentioning this at The Happydemic? Because I hope Ben’s efforts will sow seeds of joyfulness at Brisbane Airport and perhaps give travelling executives pause to reassess the level of ‘play’ in their lives – along with the other right-brain functions future rulers will hone.


(c) Heather Joy Campbell 2017

Founder of The Happydemic, Heather Joy Campbell is a certified laughter yoga teacher living in Brisbane, Australia, who delivers professional laughter wellbeing workplace workshops and seminars as well as training laughter yoga leaders across Queensland and running a giveback community-based ‘free’ laughter club.

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