Ellis on playful living: "this is my personal library of what I've learnt so far while I'm still mischievously exploring..."

Ellis, play alchemist

how much we take walking for granted

15/02/2020 11:59

this game teaches us about the complexity of something as easy as walking, imagine we would have to controle all our muscles continuously with every movement… this is an abstracted version of making a model walk with only four controls… lovely challenging game, frustration used to tap into our desire to succeed… and to understand how this works… a great example of system thinking: play the game, what is your score? mine is 1.6 meters

PLAY QWOP (learned about this game at the Wandering conference in Wales 2019)

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greatest talk ever: the ONE academy

02/02/2020 16:49

on my trip to Asia, from India to Indonesia via Malaysia, I got to experiment my own playfulness, or my personal playfulness got challenged is a better way to express what happened. After speaking about play in Kuala lumpur at #improv (thanks to Allison Yap) – I was invited by some participants to come and talk at the One academy. I challenged (or dared) the students (plus teachers, coaches and even parents attended, by the way!) to ask complex questions… and before I knew it, I was being played by role playing challenges, we had a great interactive session, and the message of using a playful mind came across. I could not be more proud about these individuals and intrigued with this institute. Weeks later I coincidentally bumped on this website that described the workshop, and I am grateful to be “heard” and “seen” so well ; )

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10 year anniversary!!!!

01/02/2020 09:34

10 years ago today, Ellis in Wonderland was registered at the Chamber of Commerce, looking back at all success, failures, challenges, obstacles and mostly collaborations and co-creations, I feel gratitude and proud to be where we are today. To celebrate I offer this month a € 5 discount on the book Apply Play • to get ahead of the game, get your copy here >>

only this month…

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30 years of climbing!

15/09/2019 22:30

[photo by axisroundedges.com] I am celebrating my 30 years anniversary of sport-climbing experience!!! I can not believe it myself, how I managed to spent soo many hours climbing in my life, for soo many years! In that time I have seen many fresh climbers develop their skills from newbee to mastery level (even to world championships). I also have followed many trainings and even have given trainings and introductions to climbing.

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Ørebrö + happy health

27/08/2019 11:20

This summer month August I was invited to talk about plus assist in a workshop on healthy aging. Loved being in Sweden for three days, and learn how the quality of life in general feels so high, people have time for each other, are more then kind, and nature is amazingly beautiful! A week later I was explaining this to a person from Istanbul, and he said: “You from the Netherlands and are saying this about Sweden?” – yes, all is relative, I guess ; )

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Wanna play?

03/08/2019 16:23

This game is an amazing tip to be played: Icarus Needs:

Just play, no more words are needed, love to hear what you think…

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Guest blog writing on Digging Deep the art of journalling….

28/06/2019 09:05

As a fan of the game Shadow’s Edge to help teenagers with chronic disease cope by learning and motivate to journal, I was invited by Rosemary to write a blog on “Digging Deep” on my experience being young patient.. so I started to write, and it took me several weeks to finish writing this. So many details I did not want to write about at all… but now so relieved it is done and out…. the value of expression and creating to cope, is what the game Shadow’s Edge is about. Read the story here: Digging deep: “Why was I the lucky one?” >>

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Extra ordinary play

25/06/2019 14:06

Sometimes a game and its rule allow extreme situations nobody could predict, and the consequences are rare… yet for the sake of an honest outcome, these rules are being discussed and create great dilemma’s for the players, or the hosts or those outside the magic circle, yet involved deeply.

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My students cheated on me!

09/06/2019 17:15

My students at the Leiden University (a multi disciplinary the Game Hackathon course) had to write as one of the assignments a State of Play situation from their individual childhood. These little paragraphs of text were so pleasant for me to read, that I regretted that I was the only one reading these… and believed each deserved to be read by more readers.

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Talking about games for impact in Istanbul

24/03/2019 15:28

Always great to meet a fan on a conference (or create new fans) who want to create a selfie with you… this one is taken at the GIST conference in Istanbul 2019, an amazing conference, including a consumer expo, which created an interesting audio back drop for the conference. To hear the questions from the audience was a challenge, but these obstacles made the conversation between listeners and speakers extra dedicated an even more interesting, so a day to remember.

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