In Fast Company Elizabeth Hyde Stevens talks to people who worked for Jim Henson about his leadership behaviors, which she contrasts with Steve Jobs’ leadership practices. You can jump to it here. To sum it up, Henson was an agile communicator. Here’s the GameChangers summary of Henson’s leadership: 1. He used “Yes and” to build on the […]

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My first job in the entertainment business was working on the feature film, Tron, as its publicist and author of the book The Art of Tron. It was a gamechanging experience for many reasons. This is about one of those reasons. One of my responsibilities was to interview the stars of the film for feature […]

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When I was in fifth grade, a couple of high school boys in our small town of Ireland, Indiana, would spend their afternoons “laying patches” on the blacktop road outside our classroom. The large wall of windows facing the road provided a panoramic view of their Chevy Impala, geared super low for precisely this purpose, […]

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(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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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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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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Mike Bonifer 1953-2013 Mike Bonifer, a writer, director, entertainment executive and educator and CEO of GameChangers, died today on his sixtieth birthday, in a freak accident, when a chunk of ice fell from a jet approaching Los Angeles International Airport and landed on Bonifer while he was sitting on the front porch of his south […]

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Replacing Cody LaPlante, who’d held the title of Youngest GameChanger since November, 2007, when at the age of 6 he spontaneously joined a game of Thunderdome at a workshop in Reno, Lucas DeVries, age approximately 7 months, took the title  last week when he joined our session on Quantum Storytelling at the SIETAR (Society for […]

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Our colleague Rasul Sha’ir (@cnvrgnc) sent this quote our way. It speaks to the choices we make in terms of language, and how those choices influence our future:   What world you end up living in depends at least in part on your use of language. Do you want to move and breathe amidst infertile […]

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In an Oct. 2013 post in Wired, Joshua Davis (@JoshuaDavisNow) describes the remarkable teaching techniques of Sergio Juárez Correa, a grade school teacher in Matamoros, an impoverished Mexican city of half a million across the border from Brownsville, Texas. Inspired by the work of TED Prize winner Sugata Mitra, a professor of educational technology at […]

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