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.”
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.“Read more
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 >>Read more
Koop het boek “Speel het spel” gratis gesigneerd direct hier (of zonder handtekening via de boekwinkels in uw buurt of online) stuur per mail je adresgegevens en betaal 22,50 paypal: ellis (at) ellisinwonderland.nl of via NL64 ASNB 0707 8187 10.
Voor de luisteraars van het luisterboek, download hier de werkbladen om de uitdagingen te doen:
25 juni 2020 is met met uitgeverij Boom te Amsterdam het boek ‘Speel het spel’ online gelanceerd. Voor alle gasten was een wedstrijd “Wie stelt de meest uitdagende vraag aan Ellis?” – met uiteraard een hoofdprijs voor de winnaar. Zie hieronder de film van de lancering en alle vragen met antwoord:Read more
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!!!Read more
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).Read more
Below are all the worksheets or canvasses to create your game concept, follow the steps on the first poster.
What you need:Read more
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
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)Read more
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 ; )Read more