I am getting ready to present a wonderful weekend of workshops in Portland, OR starting December 4 – the Hop, Skip, Jump ManiFestival!
One of the workshops is called:
In this workshop, each participant will be turning her business plan or life goals into an actual board game, playfully customized for her own goals and visions. I know I personally would much rather approach my goals with a game, rather than a serious strategy or an overwhelming list of things to do.
To prepare all the supplies for the workshop participants, I’m going through old stashes of game pieces and parts. Lots of them were garage sale and ebay finds I had gathered for use in mixed media art projects, and some of them are family games that lost too many pieces to be playable. Almost all of them have some kind of memory associated with it – either through actually playing with the piece or from an association with the game. As I’ve been sorting, I’ve been enjoying memories and also questioning metaphorical meanings the games might have for me today.
On Galveston Island, my family’s favorite vacation spot, there is a lovely little cafe called Board Game Island. It’s a coffee shop/casual cafe that has an open library of over 500 games on its shelves. You are invited to come, order some goodies to eat or drink, and then pull out a game and play. What strikes me about this place is that each time we’ve been, the clientele represents such a dynamic range. Families with young kids are seated next to high school kids, who are next to young couples who are probably on a date, who are next to a group of boisterous retirees, who are next to middle-aged professors. It’s like a social throwback, seeing all these different people from varied walks of the world, all enjoying the same basic activity…playing games!
To meet up with your own group of like-minded souls to create the game of your life…and have fun PLAYING…come join me in Portland!