I get a lot of links in my network to Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling compiled by a Pixarian named Emma Coats. It’s certainly useful advice for storytellers, as far as it goes. Numbering things to institutionalize them is, however, a tricky thing, because numbers are boundless. Numbers don’t define boundaries. People do. (A more […]

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When you begin a picture, you often make some pretty discoveries. You must be on guard against these. Destroy the thing, do it over several times. In each destroying of a beautiful discovery the artist does not really suppress it, but rather transforms it, condenses it, makes it more substantial. – Pablo Picasso Paul Levy, […]

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Epsilon Nu Tau (ENT) is a fraternity of young entrepreneurs and university students. Founded in 2008 at the University of Dayton, it has grown into a national network with six chapters: Seton Hall, Ohio University, Dayton University, Ohio State, Texas State and Cal State Fullerton. Last week, GameChangers conducted a workshop as part of ENT’s […]

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@davidgadarian called out the pattern on his Twitter feed this morning:  “#pleasestop I seem to be attracting a run of new followers who are young attractive and who have no profile descriptions…”  Me too. A pattern defines a game. And while this game is more sophisticated than flat-out spamming, and probably gets a higher click-though […]

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Van Halen famously had an item in their concert contracts that required brown M&Ms removed from the rest of the M&Ms in their dressing room and backstage.  “No brown M&Ms’ has been often re-interpreted by pop psychology as narcissistic indulgence or obsessive control. It is remembered as a demand associated with rockstar vanity. In reality, […]

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The first time I experienced demand for new system architectures was when we had eight ‘information architects’ on the staff of our internet company, iXL, from 1997-2000, and they were booked solid  for most of that time. We all loved working with them. It was the ultimate white board exercise. They were the first people […]

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Recently, Reyne Rice of Toy Trends gave me this wonderful gift, a game created in Ireland called Rory’s Story Cubes. It’s super simple to play and endlessly complex in terms of its outcomes. I don’t know what makes a better game than that. And at $7.30 a set, how can you NOT? The game consists […]

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Daily Paintworks, an online community of working artists, has raised over $21,000 for Japanese Tsunami victims in just ten days with a project they call The Japan Challenge.  They have done it with what we call a productive game.  Here’s the game analysis: Environment:  Artists studios; Daily Paintworks website, with the starting point being a […]

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Prompted by a question from a friend of ours, GameChangers conducted a flash survey to identify the metaphors used most frequently in business communication.  The results are no surprise: Our methodology was to ask six exceptional communicators who work with all sizes of organizations in a lot of different verticals what metaphors they hear most […]

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The author Steven Berlin Johnson, recently gave a TED talk on the subject of his next book, which will be his seventh: Where do good ideas come from? He’s an observant man, so the observations come tumbling out of him in a 17-minute torrent, from why coffee shops were important to the Enlightenment, to the […]

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