I have owned Gamestorming – A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers and Changemakers for two weeks. Already I know it is going to join my go-to ‘flip and dip’ reference books, as opposed to the occasional ‘flip through and wonder why I bought it in the first place’ book.  A collaboration of Dave Gray, Sunni Brown and James Macanufo, this compilation of games and activities is one of the best I’ve seen.

Experienced facilitators will be familiar with much of the content.  Yet it works really well as a reminder of oldies but goodies and for introducing new ideas and adaptations.

For those not so experienced, it has enough substance and clarity to guide you through your first time with any one of the activities.  The addition of time frames and ranges for the number of participants is also useful. Most of the items acknowledge the originator of the concepts thus providing great source references for those who want to explore more of the same.

Last week I was looking for a way to gently introduce a story telling session at a workshop.   I found it in Gamestorming.  It worked a treat with some adaptations to suit the circumstance.

Head over here for the Gamestorming blog.

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I really like this simple and elegant quiz using 6 lego pieces from the team at Gamechangers and the game opportunities presented when 6 people meet and see what emerges from playing together.


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I‘m in catch up mode on my blog feed reading.  Some wonderful work has been keeping me away from them.  Here’s what struck chords today.

Tom Fishburne on the not-so useful role of the devil’s advocate.  Resistance in disguise.

Katie Chatfield gets shouty about the value of play.

Julian Dobson notices that taking care with exteriors and spaces makes a difference to our cities and their public spaces.

Lynn Walsh – workshop and meeting facilitator – Sydney, Australia

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Here are some links that celebrate taking time to play, explore and be.

Life and Music The end is not the point.  An Alan Watts animation via Andrew Rixon at Babel Fish Group.

I want to go to Tinkering School.  Thanks to @johnlacey for posting this.

A recent Vizthink post pointed to Viznotes’ James Macanufo and the set of visual frameworks he’s posted on flickr for feedback.  For any facilitators interested in graphic representation, these are worth a look.   Thanks @Vizthink.

Lynn Walsh – workshop and meeting facilitator, Sydney

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When you walk into a room with a group of people who take the work that they do very seriously, it’s sometimes a  brave act to produce items that look like play things.  Yet those very play things in the hands of the same group of people can enable different levels of thinking and creativity to emerge.

Working with objects such as paddle pop sticks, modeling clay or blocks opens up the possibility of shifts and change in a process.  The first ideas are placed on a flat board or sheet of paper.  The very mobility of the objects invites movement and discussion.

Recently I worked with a group of people who used the sticks and other materials (pencils, erasers, modeling clay, coloured paper and scissors) to map all of the services they deliver.  The product of their deliberations was easily transferred (after photography to retain the map) to a matrix sheet on another table grid to identify how those services might be delivered over the next few years.

Other applications for paddle pop sticks include – project planning, task allocation and idea listing.  I’d be interested in hearing more thoughts and experience with cheap and cheerful play things.

Lynn Walsh – workshop and meeting facilitator – Sydney- business and strategic planning – team conversations

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