Let's Play!

This site is about games - not just any games - just the games you play for fun. In the process of growing up, most people lose touch with the sources of their personal power. Fun is one of those sources - especially when it is deep: whole-hearted, whole-minded, whole-bodied.

Because, when the fun gets deep enough, it can heal the world.

What's Fun

Recess for the Soul

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Powerfully Playful Poetic Performances Bernie’s Recess for the Soul performances are funny, profound, interactive and deeply compelling. His surprisingly original story/poems describing imaginary playground games, equipment and players, provide meditative, contemplative, mind- and soul-expanding entertainment. Recess for the Soul teaches you playful creative relaxation techniques that helps bring together all the various aspects of your…

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animal friendships

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In another excellent article from the New York Times, this one called Learning from Animal Friendships we find both heart-warming stories of interspecies friendship and play, and sobering scientific perspectives. We begin with the warming of the heart: …at the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, where since 1981 trainers have been pairing cheetahs with dogs at…

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The Playbook: IMPROV GAMES for performers

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If you are in the least bit interested in theater games – specifically those of the ilk you’d find watching Whose Line is it Anyway (see this), your little heart will be gladdened to learn of the existence of a site featuring over 200 episodes of the aforementioned. And as gladdened as your improvisational heart…

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Beauty, fun, and numbers

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In his New York Times article, The Pursuit of Beauty, Alec Wilkinson introduces us to the remarkable life of a mathematician named Yitang Zhang. Wilkinson writes: The problem that Zhang chose, in 2010, is from number theory, a branch of pure mathematics. Pure mathematics, as opposed to applied mathematics, is done with no practical purposes…

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The origins of coworking

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During my exploration of the connections between collaborative work and collaborative play I focused on what appeared to be the most social of work activities – meetings. And then on the kinds of meetings that appeared to be the most open to creativity, spontaneity, and something approximating playfulness – problem-solving, planning and brainstorming. I developed…

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playing for your own sake

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I have been been entertaining myself of late by contemplating the many connections and distinctions between play, work and, well, fun. OK, maybe not fun. Maybe fun is too much a “play” word. How about enjoyment? Is that neutral enough to be common to both domains: play, work? And it worked for Csikszentmihalyi. Except I…

We are particularly interested in one kind of fun – the playful kind, the kind of playful that makes us laugh together. Because in laughing together we are sharing the wonder of the fun we create, the love we manifest, the mind-body-soul-deep wellness we share, the momentary lowering of the divisions that separate us.

“To play is to be the bridge between mastery and mystery, chaos and control, the foolishly brave and the bravely foolish.”

– the Oaqui

Bernard De Koven

Bernard De Koven, author of The Well-Played Game and A Playful Path, describes and illustrates the power of adult playfulness, engaging the audience in several of his more playful games, and demonstrating how joyfully adults welcome the opportunity to expose their playful selves. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

Fun Is Easy

It’s wherever you are, in whatever you are doing or sensing or thinking. It’s between you and the person you’re with or the machine you’re using or the table you’re sitting at or the path you’re walking down. It’s not something to strive for. But something to melt into, to sink into, to open up to. Listen. You can almost hear the laughter. Breathe. You can almost taste the joy. Listen a little more closely. Breathe a little more deeply. And there it is again. Fun. Real fun. Deep, forever fun.

Fun isn’t the hard thing. The hard thing is remembering to have it ...