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

Inspirational: Momo

02/08/2020 13:59

One of my great inspirations, in life and in play too: this quote by Beppo in the book Momo, by Michael Ende:

“You see, Momo,’ he [Beppo Roadsweeper] told her one day, ‘it’s like this. Sometimes, when you’ve a very long street ahead of you, you think how terribly long it is and feel sure you’ll never get it swept.’


He gazed silently into space before continuing. ‘And then you start to hurry,’ he went on. ‘You work faster and faster, and every time you look up there seems to be just as much left to sweep as before, and you try even harder, and you panic, and in the end you’re out of breath and have to stop – and still the street stretches away in front of you. That’s not the way to do it.’
He pondered a while. Then he said, ‘You must never think of the whole street at once, understand? You must only concentrate on the next step, the next breath, the next stroke of the broom, and the next, and the next. Nothing else.’
Again he paused for thought before adding, ‘That way you enjoy your work, which is important, because then you make a good job of it. And that’s how it ought to be.’
There was another long silence. At last he went on, ‘And all at once, before you know it, you find you’ve swept the whole street clean, bit by bit. What’s more, you aren’t out of breath.’ He nodded to himself. ‘That’s important, too,’ he concluded.”

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Alice, art, book, english, favorite

A review on “Speel het spel”

01/08/2020 09:58

My book is reviewed in Dutch!

Play the game – gamification as a motor for change is a nice and fresh booklet in which the elements of (playing) games are unraveled and you are invited to start working with it yourself.

An english version “Apply Play” is also for sale here >>
Specially proud on same quotes so I will place translated:
Read article on Managementbook by Niels van Gorp (in Dutch) online >>

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apply play, book, english, favorite

Happy B day Pac-Man!

13/07/2020 13:09

This year 2020 is the 40st Birthday of Pac-Man, and I was interviewed for this celebration. (special thanks to Arjan Terpstra who introduced me as a Pac-Man fan to the newspaper “Volkskrant”). All in Dutch, but great article with valuable input, read online >>

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Alice, english, favorite, pacman

SpeelhetSpel

02/07/2020 19:26

June 25th we launched the Dutch book ‘Speel het spel’ online. There was a competition for the best Question asked and I promised to annouce the winner her today.

Buy the book “Speel het spel” direct including free signature!
Pay 22,50 via paypal (ellis@ellisinwonderland.nl) or banktransfer NL64 ASNB 0707 8187 10 or Buy the book online >>


[ The english version “Apply play • to get ahead of the game” is available here >> ]

And the winner is: “Op welke vraag zou je zelf graag een antwoord vinden?” – Congratulations Irma!!!!!… I needed quite a bit of extra time to answer this one ….. work in progress ; P

Below all received questions asked (in Dutch) – plus the answers in the videos… please do continue asking your question….

For the booklaunch video, check this link >>

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Alice, apply play, event, favorite, gamification, play

Proud to present/launch Dutch version of Apply Play = Speel het spel

19/06/2020 09:57

Yes, my second boek “Speel het spel” is out, although I am cheating a bit.. since this is the translation of my first book “Apply Play • to get Ahead of the Game“. But I am so proud and gratefull for all thos who helped me create this one… and looking forward what this publication and launch will bring…. Read below the Dutch press release written by Boom publishers. I fell in love on the first meeting at Boom Publishers, since the bookshelf in their meetingroom was filled with intriguing books, for instance from Rene Gude… I wished to become a part of that, and now I am… could not be more proud!

Please be invited to the online launch Thursday 25th june at 5pm!!!

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Corona Co-creation

13/04/2020 12:42

I decided to enter the Dutch Hacking Health Hackathon 2020 online to face some serious Corona Challenges in a team. We were team of 8, great diversity with knowledge and experience, plus great tools online in our challenge to co-create together a solution within just a few days, while NOT eing physically together. We met twice a day online, discussed tasks and activities, and worked together on Miro (see attachment).

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How to create a game concept

06/04/2020 11:19

Below are all the worksheets or canvasses to create your game concept, follow the steps on the first poster.

What you need:

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Alice, apply play, english, favorite, gamification, workshop

Online summit this april!

18/03/2020 15:42

I am very pleased to announce that I will be one of the 44 international speakers featured in The Playful Creative Summit 2020. This is a FREE virtual summit of pre-recorded interviews with professionals, creatives, makers and designers working with Play and Creativity. The summit goes live April 1-3rd, 2020 and it is 100% virtual! Come join us here: playfulcreativesummit.com

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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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apply play, educational, english, favorite, play

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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Alice, educational, english, event, favorite, play