(RE-PUBLISHING, BY REQUEST, A POST THAT GOT LOST WHEN WE MIGRATED OUR SITE TO A NEW SERVER)  The story of the “Mystery Table” (here’s the backstory) was how one group managed to out-perform eleven others in an ideation session we conducted at the 2012 Annenberg Innovation Summit. All around them, teams went on tilt figuring […]

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Our ERGO communication training system is based on improvisational game structure. Because ERGO is participatory, generative and adaptive, it can produce business outcomes at a scale, and at a level of complexity required in a networked communication environment.  There’s an old street saying, “Game recognizes game.” That’s one way of putting it, but it’s it’s […]

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The Fourth Principle of GameChangers is that Game Explores Theme. The way we we ensure outcomes that matter when we design an ERGO (game) is through the conscious exploration of a Theme. A theme is a guiding idea. A good theme is both expansive and specific. It is the glue that holds together a narrative, as […]

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The Third GameChangers Principle is that there are infinite games. Simply put, there is no situation, scenario, or engagement for which a productive game cannot be designed. A good illustration of this came to me in my Facebook feed this morning, via Henk van der Steen, a brilliant improviser friend from Amsterdam. He posted this […]

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The second principle of GameChangers is that game is infinite. By this we mean that a good game has infinite capacity to  “unfold, unfurl and evolve” (in the parlance of the great improvisation teacher, David Razowsky) so that through the playing of the game we can generate lots of productive outcomes. What we’re really saying when […]

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The first principle of GameChangers is that there is always a game. It may be a good game. It may be a bad one. It may be visible and apparent to everyone, or hidden to all but a few. The only certainty is that there is a game. Always. The ability to see the game, […]

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The technical dexterity of your tilt-a-whirl tongue is truly stupendous Your ruby lips beneath the empty pools of your intelligently-framed and magnified big blue eyes blow bubbles oh so fine That I fall into the foaming brine of your brilliant multi-lingual truthiness And that I don’t understand a word of what you’re saying and none […]

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Dowsing is the ancient practice of seeking what is hidden (most often associated with dowsing or “divining” water underground with a divining rod). My grandmother was a dowser. She used the forked limb from a peach tree to find underground water for friends and relatives drilling water wells in Indiana. I wrote a post about […]

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From my presentation of a paper on the relationship between Big Data and Story; 2013 Quantum Storytelling Conference; Inn of the Arts, Las Cruces, NM With gratitude to John Godfrey Saxe for the concept Six Scientists and the Dataset It was six Men of Science All with advanced degrees Who crunched a massive Dataset (For […]

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One of our newest clients is Sachamama, a Latino environmental group with roots in Miami. A couple of weeks ago, we collaborated with Carlos Zegarra, one of the group’s founders, to design a productive dinner for Sachamama’s introduction to Los Angeles. We held it in the Eastern Columbia Building in downtown L.A., in a loft […]

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