Gaming for a better world.

Being Human, Money, Society, Systems thinking

It’s all just a game, really, this whole life business. We’re in it for a good time, to be fulfilled, amused, creative, challenged, active, careful, and much more.

In games we often perform better if the pressure is off. So too in life. Relaxing into it and knowing that one way or another it’s pretty certain to all work out, so let’s have fun with it and play it really well trying to build the best worlds we can.

Slightly digressing, there’s some good advice to play life like an infinite game. The guidance for this is:

  • The rules of the finite game may not change; the rules of an infinite game must change.
  • Finite players play within boundaries; infinite players play with boundaries.
  • Finite players are serious; infinite games are playful.
  • A finite player plays to be powerful; an infinite player plays with strength.
  • A finite player consumes time; an infinite player generates time.
  • The finite player aims for eternal life; the infinite player aims for eternal birth.

That seems to be pretty good set. The last one’s a bit wafty, but it still carries meaning.

So could we use games as a way to develop better cultures?

Watch this great video below to see how games can help us.

Notes for me when I come back to read this blog post:

  • Urgent optimism
  • Trust and the social fabric
  • Blissful productivity
  • Epic meaning

Ed Dowding

Ed Dowding

Founder, strategist, writer, gadfly, TED talker, world-record holder, and (foolishly) reality-TV farmer. DOES: Innovation, Product, Advocacy THINKS: Regenerative Systems, Institution design, 300 year horizons

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