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

3-way tug of war

games with more than two sides

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My friend the poet writes: Thinking their public simple (like them?) some people think they lead by stating opposites. This or that, good or bad: binary logic. But life adds third choices, thousands of them, crossing into undreamed territory. Three is not just a different number. Three is of a different quality from two. Which…

Basurama

Basurama

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Before I wax poetic, please take a moment to read Paige Johnson’s wonderful Play-Scapes post about Self-Made Playgrounds from Recycled Materials, Basurama. Basurama is “an artist collective dedicated to research, cultural and environmental creation and production whose practice revolves around the reflection of trash, waste and reuse in all its formats and possible meanings. It…

no ball game

Roger Greenaway’s No Ball Game

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In the article about Action Learning, Roger Greenaway describes what he calls The No Ball Game. He writes: One of my favorite games that I have played around the world is the No Ball Game which is inspired by the notices found everywhere in the English noticeboard-writing world: “No Ball Games.” It is a game…

back to back

Action Learning

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…when you want people to think deeply about past, present or future, consider using physical movement and physical objects to help them think more deeply or creatively.” Roger Greenaway in How movement can help thinking and learning Before there was anything called “Serious Games” there was something very much like that, called “Simulation Games.” One…

bench-go-round

The real adult playground

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When people talk about the new wave in adult playgrounds, this is what they mean: We have George Zisiadis to thank, profusely, I might add, for showing us a far more playful, and, I might add, adult alternative with his Bench Go Round. Not just for the Bench Go Round, mind you, but for giving us…

mythogeograpy

Playing is Winning

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Playing, just playing, almost any kind of playing, is victory enough. Because it makes you more alive, more engaged in your body/mind, in the world. Closer to life. Further from death. Closer to whatever and whoever you play with: words, ideas, body parts, strangers, friends, lovers. You don’t need to win in order to win,…

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 ...