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

The Queens Gambit

17/01/2021 12:15

This drama on Netflix of 7 episodes is amazingly well made… how a world/life can run around just one game: Chess! Educational, intriguing and amusing… plus aesthetically pleasing! Go watch!

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Journey to India

Thanks to several organisations as the Dutch Embassy in India, Dutch Culture and the DGA, I was invited to visit India to share knowledge on game design and development. From that amazing trip, I got in contact with great people and the journey grew larger and bigger…. last year I got invited as board member at the School of Design at UPES University in Dehradun, India.

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Alice, apply play, educational, english, event, favorite

Podcast about play

06/01/2021 19:57

So great when dozens of people sent me a “u most listen this podcast!” during these holidays, since it makes clear these friends know me well… indeed worth while to listen to this podcast from the NRC (in Dutch!): “a good game is not as simple as it seems”

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What Chi kung + Play have in common

01/01/2021 12:17

For many years I’ve been following Chi kung workshops and courses from Remco Wernert at Natural Ease and this summer I followed a weekend workshop with Ole Eskildsen and it hit me, the overlapping aspects.

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Interviewed on play

12/12/2020 10:37

I was interviewed for a Dutch Magazine CoachLink and it is an impressive article they created. I am mostly proud to be together in one magazine with Jan Geurtz, who I read and admire a lot!

Read the article and magazine (in Dutch) here >>

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How not to play?

27/11/2020 21:39

This sign is a warning NOT to play at that location. How can someone design a sign telling/ordering something so not natural?… if we look close, we might be able to construct the impact of hitting a ball on metal, which might have disturbed inhabitants nearby a lot. But still… how to forbid play? (btw funny that in this same photo, another sign in the background is ordering dogs not to do what they do naturally) >>

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Luisterboek “speel het spel”

23/11/2020 13:22

De luisterversie van Speel het spel is klaar en downloadbaar op vele plekken >>

Wat luisteraars zeggen:

Joost Bazelmans (op photo): “Zaterdag geluisterd tijdens hardlopen. Op de helft. Erg prettig voorgelezen. En mooie mix van theorie, cases en levenslessen :-)”

“gedowload en je korte stukje geluisterd. Meteen in het verhaal, heel tof! ga m dit weekend luisteren”



John Cleese on creativity

07/11/2020 19:45

John Cleese talks about creativity in this video, so many great quotes and so well articulated. Het mentions Johan Huizinga, and addresses PLAY as activity or even as necessity for creativity. Most strong lesson to learn, as takeaway (!yet do no see this as an excuse to skip watching this video!) “space and time is most crucial!”… SO true! hear hear hear…



Alice, english, favorite, play

Buy 10 get 1!

02/10/2020 12:54

(sorry, for Dutch only ; ) ACTIE 1+1!!! Mijn Speel het Spel is trots 1 van de 10 boeken in het thema ‘Lessen van Leiders’. De andere 9 boeken zijn: “Online invloed” van Bas Wouters CMCT en Joris Groen, “Invloed” van Robert B. Cialdini, “Remote Leiderschap” van Arjen Banach, “Psychologische veiligheid” van Hans van der Loo en Jorien Beks, “De kracht van hospitality” van Fredrike BanninkEline Kuiper en Özgür Eylen, “Aan de slag met duurzame inzetbaarheid” van Peter Dona, “Het Groot Werkvormenboek 1 en 2” van Angela TalenSasja Dirkse en Maaike Kester en “Aaanspreken, gewoon doen!” van Gytha Heins – check ze allen uit!



apply play, book, play

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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